by Steve Langan




Steve Langan’s brilliant first book is full of passion suffused with irony, poems cagily built to deconstruct sentimentality by using self-consciousness as a kind of comic foil. But for all the poet’s clever feints and evasions, at the core of the work beats the heart of a romantic. Langan’s methods are luminously impressionistic, and the poems percolate with image and materiality, inflection and the full-throated music of language. Freezing glitters with the distant light (or explosions of inner light) of a hundred small moments colliding where perception meets the self in the “unbeautiful city.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781930974067
Publisher: New Issues Poetry and Prose
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Series: New Issues Press Poetry Series
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

STEVE LANGAN graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received the Paul Engle Postgraduate Fellowship from the James Michener Foundation. He is the author of Freezing (New Issues, 2001), Notes on Exile and Other Poems (Backwaters, 2005), and Meet Me at the Happy Bar (BlazeVOX [books], 2009). Langan serves on the teaching and residency faculty of the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program.

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Edward Hirsch

“There is something brave and unremitting in these beautifully realized testaments to the unbeautiful city, these dark hymns to the republic, the industrial heartland. I rejoice in this act of poetic warming, in the way Steve Langan has taken a landscape of emotional destitution and transformed it into the sure incantatory cadences of art.”

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