Zero Summer

Zero Summer

by Andrew Demcak


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ISBN-13: 9781935402077
Publisher: BlazeVOX Books
Publication date: 01/15/2009
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

ANDREW DEMCAK is an award-winning poet who has been widely published and anthologized both in print and on-line. His latest book of poetry is Zero Summer (BlazeVOX [books], NY, 2009.) His first poetry book, Catching Tigers in Red Weather (Three Candles Press, 2007), won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award, selected by Joan Larkin. His poem Handhold (for a Zygote) won's Newsletter Poetry Contest, and went out to over 2.5 million Goodreaders. His poetry, including the poem Young Man With iPod (Poetry Midwest, #13), is taught at Ohio State University as part of its English 110.02 class, The Genius and the Madman. His poems/books have been featured recently at The Best American Poetry, The American Poetry Journal, Juked!, MiPOesias, The Pebble Lake Review, elimae, Oranges & Sardines, and Pearl Magazine. Visit Andrew at:

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andrew Demcak continues to blossom as an important poet with his newest collection of pieces of imagination married to craftsmanship. ZERO SUMMER is apparently inspired or derived from the thoughts by TS Eliot's Phrases from 'Little Gidding', one of the portions of his FOUR QUARTETS. Demcak divides this body of work into three sections, each reflecting a phrase from the quoted Eliot about those fractured moments in time trapped by circumstances, negating completion. Part 1 'Between melting and freezing' contains some of the finest erotic poetry. In what is becoming a hallmark for this poet, these poems define lust, desire, onanism, finding and feeling and losing love affairs, childhood longings and memories - the sum of a sensual being. His range is from the lyrical ('Vincent V. in 1993') to the raw. In 'Venus in Furs' Demcak defines eroticism: the morning I bag his lunch while we f*ck my spine flat on the ironing board at night inside the moon's Valium he'll feed lipstick into my incubator so my a**h*le will match Italian shoes.' Part 2 '.this is the springtime But not in time's covenant' offers Demcak the opportunity to share the struggles of writing poetry as in 'Automated Response to Mark Strand' :'.the poem is a permission/given away', or in the stunning 'Myself in Memoirs': 'I'm this close knee to chest perceptible visited by angry philosophers such news embarrasses me when training lions or American lap dogs or those boys awed by the rancor of slept-in beds however true to my journal: Eros Then a few sticky peach peelings and moonlight on a dreamed-of ceiling. In Part 3 '.a bloom more sudden Than that of summer, neither budding nor fading,.' Demcak delves into current events - tragedies, disease, social injustices, world events that seem planets away until he stirs them into spells for the reader. And he closes the collection with a moment of breathtaking beauty in 'Moment of the Yew Tree, Moment of the Rose': 'wisteria spent itself completely your twin garlands over the juice pitchers the block party pissing its light into the grass young peonies dandelions frowning white the summer night behind ears no mistaking the tulips who wanted to kiss you waiting beneath cautious stars somewhere a lover folded like laughter in dogwood blossom moonlight mint and dirt your heart as sure-footed as rainwater' Imagery such as this and the countless other examples begging to be quoted from these fifty seven poems create such rich atmospheres of beauty and urgency, and thoughts without horizon, that them seem to be coming from countless fertile minds instead of just one - influenced though that mind may be by TS Eliot! Andrew Demcak has the gift and we are all richer for it.