In Defense of Nothing

Selected Poems, 1987-2011

by Peter Gizzi

In Defense Of Nothing

Hardcover, 248 pages, Univ Pr of New England, List Price: $26.95 | purchase

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In Defense of Nothing
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Selected Poems, 1987-2011
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Peter Gizzi

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This collection gathers poems from over five earlier books, representing close to twenty-five years of work by Peter Gizzi.

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Gizzi's poems blend the most enduring experimental techniques — sudden jumps, seemingly missing bits of info, reverence for the obscure — with god-awful heartbreaking emotional outbursts, sheer sweetness and hurt naked on the page. His blunt declarations become sudden questions, for which the answers are only more poems. "The present is always coming up to us, surrounding us," he writes in the title poem. "It's hard to imagine atoms, hard to imagine hydrogen & oxygen binding, it'll have to

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