From the Publisher
"David Yezzi has a musician's ear for nuance and color, a novelist's nose for detail and the dramatic moment. The Hidden Model is a rich, resonant collection of poems-its works precision-made-certain to delight at first, and likely to haunt ever after. A terrific book!"
J. D. McClatchy
"The Hidden Model is one of the most impressive first books of poetry I have seen in some time. Yezzi's speculative energy and unusual intellectual integrity are appropriately and even beautifully served by the ways in which his very gifted verse controls pace and tone."
"There is a benign unease in David Yezzi's poetic stance, at once dispassionate yet caring. He has the gift of incorporating his own, very individual perspective into his poems. His best are his uncanny interventions that fuse curious learning with formalistic desire for imaginative splendor: 'Aporias,' 'Sad is Eros, Builder of Cities,' 'Oracle of the Great Oak.'"
The New York Times
[Yezzi] offers neither fireworks nor airy lightness; his elements are water and earth -- locality, gravity and mortality -- and with them he has made some durable poems.
The director of the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center in New York, David Yezzi, here offers The Hidden Model, comprised of 32 lyrics, for "Beatitudes of Poverty" ("Despite/ our frugal care, the stores are sapped; red ink/ replaces black"), "What to Do with a Mountain Lake" ("what was that unruined stillness/ of the lucid middle ring") and "Nostalgia for a New City": "Dark. Across the J, leather pants end in newsprint." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.