Walking Away From Explosions in Slow Motion

Gregory Crosby (Author)

Product Details

Operating System
Publish Date
October 10, 2018
6.0 X 0.34 X 9.0 inches | 0.49 pounds
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About the Author

Gregory Crosby is the author of Walking Away from Explosions in Slow Motion (2018, The Operating System), and the chapbooks Spooky Action at a Distance (2014, The Operating System) and The Book of Thirteen (2016, Yes Poetry); his poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Court Green, Epiphany, Copper Nickel, Leveler, Sink Review, Ping Pong, and Hyperallergic. In 2002, as a poetry consultant to the City of Las Vegas, he was instrumental in the creation of the Lewis Avenue Poets Bridge, a public art project in downtown Las Vegas. His dedicatory poem for the project, The Long Shot, was subsequently reproduced in bronze and installed in the park, and was included in the 2008 anthology Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State (University of Nevada Press). He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and teaches creative writing in the College Now program at Lehman College, City University of New York.


"Gregory Crosby's poetry matches an extensive knowledge of literary form with a curator's eye for the idiosyncrasies of our popular culture. He zooms in on familiar scenes of contemporary life - 'Lonely Starbucks Lovers, ' 'Netflix & Chill.' He writes elegant elegies for David Bowie and Adam West. Here is a poet who is able to compose in the midst of chaos, refusing to resort to the easy narratives that make sense of it all. This allows his work to embrace a democratic range of experiences from the political to the banal. Crosby can't help being engaged, often satiric, but always sincere; he wonders, 'How to say something to see something. / How to give voice to despair without/ giving in to despair.' Walking Away From Explosions in Slow Motion is a poetic survival manual - a guide for navigating a maze of contradictions. It's a must read!" - Elaine Equi