9th Ave: Matthew Zapruder Book Release

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. location.

 

 

Matthew Zapruder discusses his new book, Why Poetry, with Natalie Baszile.

 

Praise for Matthew Zapruder

 

"Zapruder's poems don't merely attempt beauty; they attain it."—The Boston Review

 

"Matthew Zapruder has a razor eye for the remnants and revenants of modern culture."—The New York Times

 

"With dynamic, logically complex sentences, Zapruder posits a world that is both extraordinary and refreshingly ordinary."—BOMB

 

About Why Poetry

 

An impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry's accessibility to all readers, by critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder

 

In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder takes on what it is that poetry--and poetry alone--can do. Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very thing that prevents us from enjoying it. In lively, lilting prose, he shows us how that misunderstanding interferes with our direct experience of poetry and creates the sense of confusion or inadequacy that many of us feel when faced with it.

 

Zapruder explores what poems are, and how we can read them, so that we can, as Whitman wrote, -possess the origin of all poems, - without the aid of any teacher or expert. Most important, he asks how reading poetry can help us to lead our lives with greater meaning and purpose.

 

Anchored in poetic analysis and steered through Zapruder's personal experience of coming to the form, Why Poetry is engaging and conversational, even as it makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry in an age when information is constantly being mistaken for knowledge. While he provides a simple reading method for approaching poems and illuminates concepts like associative movement, metaphor, and negative capability, Zapruder explicitly confronts the obstacles that readers face when they encounter poetry to show us that poetry can be read, and enjoyed, by anyone.

 

 

Why Poetry Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062343079
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Published: Ecco Press - August 15th, 2017

An impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry's accessibility to all readers, by critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder


Sun Bear Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556594632
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 25th, 2014

"Zapruder's poems don't merely attempt beauty; they attain it."--The Boston Review

"Matthew Zapruder has a razor eye for the remnants and revenants of modern culture."--The New York Times

"With dynamic, logically complex sentences, Zapruder posits a world that is both extraordinary and refreshingly ordinary."--BOMB


Come on All You Ghosts Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556593222
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - August 31st, 2010

"Charming, melancholy, hip."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Zapruder's innovative style is provocative in its unusual juxtapositions of line, image and enjambments. . . . Highly recommended."--Library Journal


Queen Sugar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143126232
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Penguin Books - January 27th, 2015

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