The pajamaist

by Matthew Zapruder

Paperback, 2006






Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, c2006.


"Zapruder's hip lyricism offers both the slippery comedy and a surprisingly grave, ultimately winning, commitment to real people, emotions, locales."--Publishers Weekly Matthew Zapruder is a young poet reinvigorating American letters. In his second collection he engages love, mortality, and life in New York City after 9/11. The title piece, a prose-poem synopsis of an unwritten novel, turns all literary forms upon themselves with savvy and flair, while the elegy cycle "Twenty Poems for Noelle" is a compassionate song for a suffering friend. Noelle, somewhere in an apartment symphony number two listens to you breathing. Broken glass in the street. What was once unglowing glows. . . The Pajamaistis an intimate book filled with sly wit and an ever-present, infectious openness to amazement. Zapruder's poems are urbane and constantly, curiously searching.  … (more)

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LibraryThing member realbigcat
The Pajamaist is the second book of poetry by Matthew Zapruder. This book which has 21 poems blends a mixture of subjects on life, love and living. The title poem follows the path of an unwritten novel where a cure for suffering has been found. There are poems about birds, Canada and Haiku. A nice collection and very readable.



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