Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060935689, 96pp.
Publication Date: July 3, 2001
Spencer Short's Tremolo is a winner of the 2000 National Poetry Series Open Competition, selected by US Poet Laureate Billy Collins. For nearly twenty years, the National Poetry Series has discovered many new and emerging voices and has been instrumental in launching the careers of poets and writers such as Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Denis Johnson, Thylias Moss, Mark Levine, and Dionisio Martinez.
“What a treat to listen to this new voice with its nutty intelligence and its strange authority.”
-Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2001
“These are buoyant, agile, and often frightened poems -- poems that would like to outsmart themselves but -- poignantly, thankfully -- cannot.”
-Mark Levine, author of Enola Gay and Debt
“Flipping through Tremolo, you immediately confront a prickly stir of humor, philosophy and romantic giddiness; reading this book is something like walking into a kitchen at a party and coming upon a wild charmer you’d never met, mid-gesticulation -- a terrific storyteller, but also one eager to switch gears mid-sentence, mid-phrase, mid-thought...the perfect panacea: a source of wisdom disguised as a thrill ride.”
-Emily Nussbaum, The New York Times Book Review
“[Tremolo] brings to mind both T.S. Eliot and McSweeney’s....”
-Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker