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Put Your Hands in (Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets)

Put Your Hands in (Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets)

Current price: $18.95
Publication Date: March 10th, 2014
LSU Press
Chop Suey Books
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Exactly a century ago, the Armory Show brought European avant-garde art to New York. We are still experiencing its consequences. Among the works on view was Marcel Duchamp's notorious Nude Descending a Staircase, which a derisive critic wanted to rename 'Explosion in a Shingle Factory.' Both titles come to mind as one reads Chris Hosea's Put Your Hands In, which somehow subsumes derision and erotic energy and comes out on top. Maybe that's because 'poetry is the cruelest month, ' as he says, correcting T. S. Eliot. Transfixed in midparoxysm, the poems also remind us of Samuel Beckett's line (in Watt): 'The pain not yet pleasure, the pleasure not yet pain.' One feels plunged in a wave of happening that is about to crest. -- John Ashbery, from his judge's citation for the Walt Whitman Awa.

About the Author

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Chris Hosea earned an AB cum laude in English and American literature from Harvard College and an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His poetry and other writings have appeared in publications such as BOMB, Conjunctions, Iowa Review, Harvard Review, and Denver Quarterly. He lives in Brooklyn, New York