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Swerve

by Bruce Cohen
 

Poetry. While writing SWERVE, Bruce Cohen decided to avoid addressing a particular audience. That is, not an audience of poetry readers. "I just wanted to talk intimately to myself, my family, and my friends," he says. As a natural consequence, while building these poems Cohen struck upon an essentially authentic voice. With his guard down, with his most intimate

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Poetry. While writing SWERVE, Bruce Cohen decided to avoid addressing a particular audience. That is, not an audience of poetry readers. "I just wanted to talk intimately to myself, my family, and my friends," he says. As a natural consequence, while building these poems Cohen struck upon an essentially authentic voice. With his guard down, with his most intimate familiars as his only audience, he was able to write with startling honesty. The brilliance of these poems is the mixture of that honesty with humor, with sentimentality, and sometimes with horror. In these poems you will find a long-lined American surrealistic sensibility. There is new discovery of language here, playfulness with both vernacular and formal diction. Simply put, you're going to love this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982622858
Publisher:
Black Lawrence Press
Publication date:
03/05/2010
Pages:
85
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Bruce Cohen was born in the Bronx, New York, and earned both a BA and MFA from the University of Arizona. He is the director of the counseling program for Intercollegiate Athletes at the University of Connecticut. His poems have appeared in various literary publications, including AGNI, The Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Ohio Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Quarterly West. A recipient of an individual artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Culture and Tourism, he lives in Coventry, Connecticut, with his wife and three sons.

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