Experience in Groups

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Wave Books
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5.4 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Geoffrey G. O'Brien is the author of Experience in Groups (Wave Books, forthcoming 2018) and People on Sunday (Wave Books, 2013), as well as the author of Metropole (2011), Green and Gray (2007), and The Guns and Flags Project (2002), all from The University of California Press. His chapbooks included Hesiod (Song Cave, 2010) and Poem with No Good Lines (Hand Held Editions, 2010). He is the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets: Ashbery, Donnelly, O'Brien (Minus A Press, 2012) and (in collaboration with the poet Jeff Clark) of 2A (Quemadura, 2006). O'Brien is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.


"[O'Brien's poems] bring to bear the full resources of English prosody on our insane political present while also maintaining a position of wonder before the material world."--Ben Lerner, The New Yorker

"This [collection] proves to be an intriguing, thoughtful, and ambitiously layered collection, drawing from the past to hold a mirror to the present."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"One of the most exciting poets now writing."--Craig Morgan Teicher, Time Out New York

"What is the fate of a surface in destruction? The surface of O'Brien's writing is already showing us. It proliferates, breaking down into countless facets--line, phrase, word--each of which carries a full poetic charge."--Cole Swensen, Boston Review

"O'Brien touches on the most pressing questions and dilemmas of being human in this time and place with welcome playfulness."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A lot of the poems deal with togetherness. They were us . . . To deal with togetherness, though, you have to deal with isolation, which the collection does. Experience in Groups deals with isolation and time, the restlessness knowing that we could spoil everything in an instant."
--Cody Lee, Newpages