Friday, April 10, 2009

A Million in Prizes

is now in stock and available at SPD and Amazon!!!!!!

A Million in Prizes
Justin Marks

Winner of the 2008 New Issues Poetry Prize
Carl Phillips, Judge

“‘I wake, my not-yet-self / projecting back on the life I rise into.’ That’s but one example of the kind of logic (and syntax) that informs the poems of A Million in Prizes, a logic that often resists initial sense, only to reward with a clarity and maturity of insight that make these poems more powerful—more persuasive—with each reading. It’s as if Justin Marks had made a sort of Möbius Strip out of sense and an uneasiness with it, where it becomes difficult to know exactly where one begins and the other ends.

Another Möbius Strip here: the one that’s made from a seeming detachment and a fierce compassion for life in all of its ephemeral ordinariness, what can suddenly resonate where least expected. Salinger, O’Hara, Baudelaire all come to mind, but finally the voice and sensibility here, like the poems themselves, are utterly Justin Marks' own. A Million in Prizes seduces in the best way: subtly, with a poignant wit, and a sly charm.”

––Carl Phillips, from the Judge’s Citation

“With A Million in Prizes, Justin Marks dares to amplify his interior voice, broadcasting from ‘inside the megaphone’ the rumblings of a discontented, anxious self who discovers just enough pleasure in his daily routines, domestic scenes, and misfiring memories to admit ‘how glad I am for the orbit I inhabit.’ His poems are by turns philosophical, nostalgic, and subtly humorous, as he insistently disassembles the barriers between himself and his readers in a generous act of intimacy.”

––Shanna Compton

“Here is a rarely expressed self-awareness that accedes as little to words as it does to the pain of the condition itself.”

––Fanny Howe

Monday, April 06, 2009

It is a rare e-book that does not make me want to live off the grid, that does not make me fear and loathe the very coinage itself: "e-book."

says Christian Peet. Ringing is not one of those e-books