Snapshots of youth, displayed with verve and sparkling clarity, in a new collection of poems that “dazzles with its linguistic sleight of hand” (Richard Blanco).
From jaunts through New York subways, to a Cincinnati Waffle House, to a chance encounter with one’s future life partner, Sands writes in turns autobiographically and imaginatively, drawing on voices from his private world and the public sphere to create an urgent portrait of youth that is almost rebellious in its sheer, persistent joy. Nostalgic and vivid, this collection of poems is written reverie. Selected by Richard Blanco, Jon Sands is the winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series.
About the Author
Jon Sands is the author of The New Clean and the cohost of The Poetry Gods podcast. His work has been featured in the New York Times and anthologized in The Best American Poetry. He’s received residencies and fellowships from the Blue Mountain Center, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and the Jerome Foundation. He lives in Brooklyn, NY
Table of Contents
Foreword by Richard Blanco
Moons over My Hammy
Origin Story: 1956
Origin Story: 1999
Here’s the Real New
If I Am All That I Have
I Know That Silence Will Greet Me . . .
Internet as a Concept Is Not Inspiring
To My Ohio, a Letter Home
How I Remember It
You Know How You Try to Say a Thing
Who Here Is Not a Liar?
Before the Bloom
Living Room Monologue the Night of Winter Formal
When I See Andre 3000 Buying Bananas at Trader Joe’s
I Have a Beer with a Professor Who Drinks with His Students
Ode to the Rat
Ode to My Mother’s Hip
The Trick When Synching Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz
I Should Be Writing the Story
And It Will Be a Beautiful Song
The Day We Chose Instead to Grow