Mosquito

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Tin House Books
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Pages
70
Dimensions
5.28 X 7.22 X 0.34 inches | 0.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780977312740
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About the Author
Alex Lemon
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alex Lemon's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines including Tin House, Denver Quarterly, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Post Road, Swink and Washington Square. His translations (with Wang Ping) of a number of contemporary Chinese poets are forthcoming in Tin House, New American Writing and other journals. Among his awards are a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. Alex is a frequent contributor to The Bloomsbury Review. Currently, he teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Reviews
"Lemon's passion and vulnerability will strip bare your conscience. There will be only scars remaining where doubt used to be-in places you never thought there would exist an experience so wrought yet so tenderly evoked that you'd be sure as hell it was yours." -D. Antwan Stewart, "CutBank Reviews""The poems in Alex Lemon's striking first book document the experience of undergoing brain surgery, an agonizing recovery, and the sudden discovery of Eros, who finally emerges as the ultimate emblem of survival. Careful yet raw, the fresh sutures that comprise the lines in many of these poems sing of pain so sharply as to verge on ethereal." -Cate Marvin, "Ploughshares""With its popping language, lucid narrative and striking imagery, Lemon seems to have greedily plundered the entire scope of contemporary poetry for what may be one of the most solid book debuts in years." -Todd Dillard, "Pebble Lake Review""His speakers are unrelenting in their quest to remain focused on life's true and pure moments despite, or rather because of, their fear. Alex Lemon's poems instruct us to hold onto these experiences and keep them close to us." -Michael Levan, "Third Coast""Brave and exciting work." -"Southern Review""'When I say hello, it means bite my heart, ' begins one of the poems in Alex Lemon's startlingly raw and raucous first book. Speakers declare, 'I am Hi-Fi, all of me is surround / sound, ' and describe a painting of the self as having 'eyes like megaphones.' Reading these poems is like having your five senses turned up to an almost unbearable volume. Sight: 'I could see the patch of hair you'd missed shaving / glow on your calf like a gold brick in an Iowa cornfield.' Sound: "What named me, the moth pleads, banging jazz from light bulbs.' Taste: 'I eat fr'zen strawberries.' Touch: 'Maybe, the surgeon said, / caressing my head like a hurricane.' Lemon's ardent search for beauty and mercy in Mosquito is transformative and true." -Matthea Harvey, author of "Sad Little Breathing Machine: Poems""Broken and brilliant, protean and written in blood, these poems are missives from the other side, the should-have-almost-died side, the burning-but-not-consumed side, and all Alex Lemon offers to console us are 'the nails on [his] tongue.' Mosquito introduces a thrilling new voice in American poetry." -Nick Flynn, author of "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City""In these days of vast changes in American poetry, it is a joy to read the work of Alex Lemon. His poems pull the reader into a world of familiarities, while they confront daily experience in totally surprising ways. Mosquito means there is something there, so you better grab it before it disappears or becomes something else. It also means the vibrancy of these poems comes from the union between the microscopic and the panoramic-that focus of vision most poets spend a lifetime exploring. To show this kind of confidence and sense of direction means we have a major young poet on our hands. And, for poetry, that is the most vital gift it can receive." -Ray Gonzalez, author of "Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems""Mosquito is an enigmatic, engaging read. Ideal for those who enjoy formal and experimental poetry alike, Alex Lemon's book is a truly remarkable debut." Kristina Marie Darling, "The Midwest Book Review""