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Fear of Description by Daniel Poppick

Fear of Description

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Fear of Description by Daniel Poppick
Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9780143134381
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    Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9780143134381

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    Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9780525506225

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Praise for Fear of Description:

“Poppick’s second collection represents a slice of his generation . . . [he] is having fun, and his readers might join him . . . Poppick does best when he lets himself delight in verbal unpredictability, when figures of speech jump out, or sparkle and shine.” The New York Times Book Review 

“No matter where a reader begins in Fear of Description, the end is near and a beginning closer.  As far as this book travels, it’s always there to meet itself, though its trajectory is never predictable.  There is also the ancient lament of the worker/writer, trying to sing a timeless song in an age of ring tones. Poppick’s stop-motion ability to convey multitude in moments is genius—Merwin-like in its sensorial clarity, and, where the poet chooses formal restriction, Keatsian in density and bloom.” —Brenda Shaughnessy, author of Our Andromeda

“In Fear of Description, Daniel Poppick, like many of the most interesting writers of our time, folds the labor of writing into the content of his poetry, stirs it around, and comes up with something genuinely free. The wildness of his lines had me amazed and grateful.” —Lucy Ives, author of Impossible Views of the World 

Fear of Description is a bold book. Through Poppick’s memories we relive that brief window of youth when friendship is the magic audience that grounds us. In a world that seems stingy and random, Poppick and his friends glean meaning from seances, road trips, shared economic anxiety, houses, and shaving rituals. Tears, like the dead, sneak up on them.” —Jennifer Moxley, author of The Open Secret 

“Lively . . . Poppick’s penchant for syntactical disorder and oddity creates a giddy state of confusion . . . [this] sage, anthemic collection memorably explores the journey of millennials.” Publishers Weekly

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