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Overview


Poetry. THE MAN SUIT, a darkly comic debut from poet Zachary Schomburg, assembles a macabre cast of doppelgangers, talking animals and dead presidents in poems that explore concepts of identity, truth and fate. The resulting body of work walks a dynamic line-often reading like anecdotal fables or cautionary tales in the form of prose poems. Through it all, Schomburg balances irony with sincerity; wit with candor; and a playful tone with the knowledge of inevitable sorrow. Publisher's Weekly writes, "The often funny yet haunting prose and verse poems of this eagerly anticipated debut deal with the subtle and unexpected ways things can transform, usually just beneath an observer's awareness. With similarly flippant but persistent gestures, Schomburg pushes at the boundaries of logic. He asks for a willing suspension of disbelief and of order.
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The often funny yet haunting prose and verse poems of this eagerly anticipated debut deal with the subtle and unexpected ways things can transform, usually just beneath an observer's awareness. In "Postcard from the Arctic Ocean" the speaker can "make smoke signals/ by burning/ these postcards/ by the handful." With similarly flippant but persistent gestures, Schomburg pushes at the boundaries of logic. He asks for a willing suspension of disbelief and of order. Non sequitur and clever opposition govern this world: a homicidal monster- cum-TV celebrity is fired in favor of a "gorilla dressed in people clothes"; in "I'm Not Carlos," "tree machines" dial up the poem's speaker, calling him Carlos and demanding he hand over "the Man Suit." A poem called "I've Since Folded This Poem into an Airplane" admits Schomburg's comfort with the self-conscious and reflexive in poetry. If a few of these poems are slight, the best of them imbue whimsy with high emotional stakes, suggesting this collection's casualness has been carefully wrought. Schomburg may be one of the sincerest surrealists around. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977770939
  • Publisher: Black Ocean
  • Publication date: 3/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 105
  • Sales rank: 761,569

Meet the Author


Zachary Schomburg is the author of two books of poems, THE MAN SUIT (Black Ocean 2007) and SCARY, NO SCARY (Black Ocean 2009), and chapbooks including The Pond (Greying Ghost), I am a Small Boy (Factory Hollow), and Abraham Lincoln's Death Scene (Horseless Press). Forthcoming chapbooks include a collaboration with Emily Kendal Frey to be published in the fall of 2009 called Team Sad (Cinematheque Press) and translations from the Russian of Andrei Sen-Senkov to be published in 2010 called The Architect's Fly (Lightful Press). He co-edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    A Collection that is to Poetry What Peanut Butter was to the Manhattan Project

    Schomburg writes some of the most unusual poetry that I've ever seen. Perhaps I'm not as familiar with surreal poetry as I should be, but this is an entirely different animal. An animal with radial antennas for horns and the sixteenth century buried in it's tin foil fur. On toast. Schomburg's train of thought is surprising and wild. It's like watching Reagan at a presidential address suddenly do a striptease to the tune of Beethoven's moonlight sonata, you're riveted because what you see is so different from what you expect. Like a koan, you feel your brain reordering its synapses trying to keep up and make sense of things. Instinctively, you know it isn't gibberish. That's the wild thing. It feels like it makes sense, humorous and moving sense. This is definitely a collection that does not disappoint.

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