In Defense of Nothing

In Defense of Nothing

Selected Poems, 1987-2011

By Peter Gizzi

Wesleyan University Press, Hardcover, 9780819574305, 223pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2014

Description
Since his celebrated first book of poetry, Peter Gizzi has been hailed as one of the most significant and distinctive voices writing today. Gathered from over five collections, and representing close to twenty-five years of work, the poems in this generous selection strike a dynamic balance of honesty, emotion, intellectual depth and otherworldly resonance in Gizzi's work, poetry itself becomes a primary ground of human experience. Haunted, vibrant, and saturated with luminous detail, Gizzi's poetry enlists the American vernacular in a magical and complex music. In Defense of Nothing is an immensely valuable introduction to the work of this extraordinary and singular poet. Check for the online reader's companion at http: //petergizzi.site.weleyan.edu.


About the Author
Peter Gizzi is the author of numerous books, including ARTIFICIAL HEART (1998), The Outernationale (2007), and most recently, Threshold Songs (2011). His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets (1993) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005). In 2011 he was the Judith E Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University. His editing projects have included The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (1998) and, with Kevin Killian, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008). He works at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.