Steve Kistulentz’s The Luckless Age stands at the end of the nuclear era, bridging the Cold War’s age of anxiety and the false hope of “morning in America.” It’s a landscape populated by the forgotten and marginalized, reported from the mosh pit and the boardroom, the bedroom and the bar. Its voice emerges above the white noise of modern broadcasting to paint a portrait of America at once brutal, honest, and yet hopeful at its core.
|Publisher:||Red Hen Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Steve Kistulentz’s poetry has appeared in such literary magazines as the Antioch, Black Warrior, Crab Orchard, and New England Reviews, New Letters, and Quarterly West. His work was selected for inclusion in the Best New Poets anthology by former Poet Laureate of the United States Mark Strand, and he is a two-time winner of the Academy of American Poets John Mackay Shaw Prize. He holds graduate degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Florida State University. He was born and raised in the Washington, DC, area, and now teaches creative writing and literature at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. The Luckless Age is his first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a gripping, inventive and accessible book, generous in its logic and wisdom. It's about nearly everything from rock and roll to politics to love and hope and sex and dreams. From the author's website: In his first book, the Benjamin Saltman Award-winning collection THE LUCKLESS AGE, poet Steve Kistulentz delivers a sharp and operatic rebuttal to the false optimism and persistent distractions of the Reagan era, painting a realist portrait of the America more familiar to the citizens left behind in the name of progress. This is art brut, an investigation of the America of installment debt and easy payment plans, a place where the government tries to convince us that ketchup is a vegetable and that nutrition is a five-pound block of cheese. But it's more than that. It's a book that has a political stance, and something to say. Far too rare in today's world of poetry. Given the accessible nature of the book, this would be a great choice for high school students and college students just discovering their interest in reading and writing poetry.
Extraordinary book of contemporary poety. You will NOT be dissappointed even if you don't usually read poetry. Breath takingly good. Highly talented sensitive writer. Do read!
Mr. Kistulentz bombards you with ideas and images, and the effect is electrifying. Like Andy Warhol or Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Kistulentz's insights will sear into your brain and permanently shape the way you perceive the American experience.