How to Dance as the Roof Caves in


By Nick Lantz
(Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555976705, 96pp.)

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

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"Nick Lantz writes with elegant simplicity. Most poets take a lifetime to learn as much." --Linda Gregerson
I say "I love" and "I love" and "I love." However, the window
will not close. However, the hawk searches
for its nest after a storm. However, the discarded
nail longs to hide its nakedness inside the tire.
--from "Fork with Two Tines Pushed Together" "How to Dance as the Roof Caves In" examines America as it faces a recession of collective mood and collective wealth. In a central sequence, the "housing bubble" reaches its bursting point when, with hilarious and biting outcomes, real estate developers hire a married couple and other down-and-out "extras" to stage a fake community to lure prospective investors. In these marvelous poems, Nick Lantz describes the changing American landscape with great imagination and sharp wit.

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Nick Lantz's third poetry collection, How to Dance As The Roof Caves In. More at

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