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Jul 23, 2019 | ISBN 9781984825117

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“One of the most original voices of her generation has produced a second brilliant book. These poems, urban and urbane, offbeat and stringent, welcome the reader with a beguiling lucidity; but that sparkling surface, as in the best John Ashbery poems, hides an obliquity that turns out to be provocative and sometimes complexly self-unraveling. Nothing is quite as it seems—’like the East River pretending / to be a river when it’s merely an appetite’—and the world is estranged and transfigured in this enchanting work. My idea of the good life would be a new Jana Prikryl poem, served daily with my breakfast, till the end of my days.” —James Wood

No Matter sounds, to me, like the way we live now. . . . Prikryl is someone who came to New York as an adult, and her demographics inform the emotional life in her work – just as they did with Whitman.”—Stephanie Burt, Harper’s

“Prikryl is a shrewd and delicately severe writer with a remarkable gift for observation—’Salon’ is the definitive take on the sociology of getting your nails done, and the poems titled ‘Anonymous’ are dry, precise sketches of old photographic portraits in which the tone is so even you could build a tower of dominoes on it.”—David Orr, The New York Times
“Welcome Prikryl to the club of great New York City poets. Everything about her verse unsettles: the surprising line breaks, the slightly off-kilter syntax, the shifts from philosophical lyricism (‘seeing / with sudden candor, which is / to unsee time’) to technological absurdism: ‘And do you suppose if there’d been phones that / Dido would have chilled, monitored his posts / as he sailed into a storm . . .’”—Anthony Domestico, Commonweal
“Prikryl remains one of the few poets who could make the next ten years uncomfortable.”—William Logan, The New Criterion

No Matter is one of the most original, bracing & unsettling books I’ve read in years. Its voice is mesmerizing but in a calm unnerving way. Its vision slant & riveting. And the mind at work sees into the unseen & is staggering.”—Jorie Graham, via Twitter
“Prikryl is my favorite poet among my own contemporaries. She writes about being a soul in the circuitry of the 21st-century city. Her gifts include perhaps the rarest one among contemporary poets—wit, which in these poems turns out to be a survival skill.”—Dan Chiasson

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