In the last year, the narrator of "10:04" has enjoyed unlikely literary success, has been diagnosed with a potentially fatal medical condition, and has been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. In a New York of increasingly frequent superstorms and social unrest, he must reckon with his own mortality and the prospect of fatherhood in a city that might soon be underwater.
Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art. What is actual when our experiences are mediated by language, technology, medication, and the arts? Is poetry an essential art form, or merely a screen for the reader's projections?
"The Lichtenberg Figures," winner of the Hayden Carruth Award, is an unconventional sonnet sequence that interrogates the relationship between language and memory, violence and form. Lichtenberg figures are fern-like electrical patterns that can appear on (and quickly fade from) the bodies of people struck by lightning.
"Lerner is] among the most promising young poets now writing."--Publishers Weekly
"Sharp, ambitious, and impressive." --Boston Review
Library Journal honored Lerner's debut volume as a "Book of the Year."