The After Party by Jana Prikryl
Poems

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Prikryl’s references to earlier authors and artists, allusions to the Soviet Union’s collapse and other more glancing gestures...imbue “The After Party” with, appropriately enough, a sense of belatedness, both literary and historical.
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"A truly moving book." —John Ashbery

Jana Prikryl’s The After Party journeys across borders and eras, from cold war Central Europe to present-day New York City, from ancient Rome to New World suburbs, constantly testing the lingua francas we negotiate to know ourselves. These poems disclose the tensions in our inherited identities and showcase Prikryl’s ambitious experimentation with style.

“Thirty Thousand Islands,” the second half of the collection, presents some forty linked poems that incorporate numerous voices. Rooted in one place that fragments into many places—the remote shores of Lake Huron in Canada, a region with no natural resources aside from its beauty—these poems are an elegy that speaks beyond grief.

Penetrating, vital, and visionary, The After Party marks the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.


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About Jana Prikryl

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JANA PRIKRYL’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The Paris Review, and The New York Review of Books, where she is a senior editor. She lives in New York.
Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York
 
Published June 21, 2016 by Tim Duggan Books. 114 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Joel Brouwer on Jul 22 2016

Prikryl’s references to earlier authors and artists, allusions to the Soviet Union’s collapse and other more glancing gestures...imbue “The After Party” with, appropriately enough, a sense of belatedness, both literary and historical.

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