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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.22 inches | 0.32 pounds

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Tim Stobierski's debut volume, Dancehall, captures the thrall of first real love in Sapphic poems that tumble with excitement and tumult. I rooted for the lovers, feeling as swept away as the speaker is: "Harvest me by the handful;/tear me out of the black earth." Stobierski's stunning imagery will have you enthralled again with the love poem and clinging with suspense while riding the affair's arc.

-Pegi Deitz Shea, two-time winner of the Connecticut Book Award and author of The Weight of Kindling

Erotic, sublime, funny, and sharp, Tim Stobierski writes poems the way tango dancers cross the floor: His confidence, mastery of language, sexual energy, and essential vitality make it impossible to turn away. You'll read, and you'll weep, or sigh, or laugh, or be swept off your feet by longing-grateful to be alive, but reminded of love's price and desire's debt. You'll read Stobierski's poems out loud and recite them at weddings, and you'll remember them as you fall asleep.

- Gina Barreca, author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted

Tim Stobierski's collection, Dancehall, is in itself an ode to love, with all its passion and contradictions, gifting readers a wisdom we could only learn through a language like his, a skillful juxtaposition of love and loss, tenderness and lust.

Stobierski is a master of craft, a speaker who knows how to feel, who knows that love is a journey and a puzzle. His titles intrigue, his last lines transport the reader far beyond the initial moment. Each short poem is a tender vignette that smacks of the truth of human relationships, each one a moment to be felt, tasted, savored, cold and warmth juxtaposed. In them, we feel the passion and contradictions, something between the tender and the tumultuous-something like love.

Tim Stobierski's poems speak to everyone. Dancehall is a welcome reminder of poetry's often overlooked power to awaken us to the beauty, complexity, and fragility of love, life, and the small gifts we often ignore.

-Pat Mottola, author of After Hours

This book works like the metal teeth of a zipper, alternating exigent heartbreak with love throes. You can read it in one sitting, persisting even as its teeth catch on and scrape your skin, because it is such a pleasure "to remember what it is like / to be so lonely."

-Darcie Dennigan, author of Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse and Madame X

In these tender poems, Tim Stobierski traces the familiar yet always-wrenching arc of early love gained, then lost. And while the darlings here are queer and kissing in parking lots, this tale brings us right back to Dante's Vita Nuova and the love lyric's difficult task: to explore the particularities of a singular vanished beloved in language that allows its readers, its voyeurs, to feel intimately present."

-V. Penelope Pelizzon, author of Whose Flesh Is Flame, Whose Bone Is Time

Stobierski's Dancehall traces romantic love from its early, ingenuous encounters, when one lover can entreat the other to "speak me into being" and the whole natural world, from the keenest flower to the ocean itself, grows more vital and fine. But Stobierski's book, like love itself, also embraces darkness. It goes on to explore that same love lost, as the poet learns to "give praise to the shadows," in a renewed and more reflective effort to entwine the self and the other. These poems are acutely attuned to love's shadow and love's light.

-David Groff, author of Live in Suspense