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Publishers Weekly Reviews Gracie Leavitt!

By Harriet Staff


Publishers Weekly gives some ink to one of our favorite debuts of 2014, Gracie Leavitt's Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star (just out from Nightboat Books). The book is graced, if you will, from the start, with a self-portrait-as-cover from the much-missed Emma Bee Bernstein. An excerpt from the review:

Formidable vocabulary and cavalier jumps between subject matter are standard in Leavitt’s debut collection of post-modern pastorals. These are brainy poems where feats of syntactic contortion occur even on the microscopic level: “a new sentence is a sentence/ between two sentences.” Malleable and maximalist, the poems don’t stack up neatly and they require an active and nimble mind to follow along the tactful turns: “Assorodus, demure for once/ you xerox me a starry night/ damp flowers path, the monocrop/ bee-quiet evolves matutinal song/ of agony aunt heart-cracking until/ cold planets, ticking, cease.”

Space is at a premium at PW, so we won't ruin the whole eyefull.

Originally Published: May 21st, 2014