Fjords Vol.1 by Zachary Schomburg

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As one of the most exciting new voices in American poetry, Zachary Schomburg's previous books have enthralled thousands of readers with surreal landscapes populated by gorillas in people clothes, jaguars, plagues of hummingbirds, and even Abraham Lincoln. His poems have inspired art installations, shadow puppetry, rock albums, and string quartets. In FJORDS , Schomburg inhabits the icy landscape, walking among all his little deaths as he explores the narrow inlets between the transcendent and the mundane. These are poems to be read by torchlight or with no light at all. As Schomburg explains, There is so much blood in the trees. It will be easy to fall in love like this.

"Zachary Schomburg may be one of the sincerest surrealists around."--Publishers Weekly

"Schomburg is possibly the man who will save poetry for all of those readers who are about to give up on the genre."--The Huffington Post

"Schomburg brings a sense of stringency to his dark but airy towers of invention, dismantling easy assumptions. The poems are fun to read and they get below surfaces."--Robert Pinsky

"Poetry that aims, admirably, to unsettle. And who doesn't like to be haunted by a poem?"--Kelly Link

About Zachary Schomburg

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Zachary Schomburg is the author of two books of poems, THE MAN SUIT (Black Ocean 2007) and SCARY, NO SCARY (Black Ocean 2009), and chapbooks including The Pond (Greying Ghost), I am a Small Boy (Factory Hollow), and Abraham Lincoln's Death Scene (Horseless Press). Forthcoming chapbooks include a collaboration with Emily Kendal Frey to be published in the fall of 2009 called Team Sad (Cinematheque Press) and translations from the Russian of Andrei Sen-Senkov to be published in 2010 called The Architect's Fly (Lightful Press). He co-edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Published March 6, 2012 by Black Ocean. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Capping off the book is an index (including classic themes—“Truth,” “Beauty,” “Death,” “Birth”—along with some new ones—“Airplanes, burning”), which suggests these poems should be reread, even referenced—as if this book is a manual for transcending “wild meaninglessn...

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