Sun Bear (Paperback)
Copper Canyon Press, 9781556594632, 111pp.
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
"Zapruder's poems don't merely attempt beauty; they attain it."--The Boston Review
"Matthew Zapruder has a razor eye for the remnants and revenants of modern culture."--The New York Times
"With dynamic, logically complex sentences, Zapruder posits a world that is both extraordinary and refreshingly ordinary."--BOMB
Matthew Zapruder's poems begin in the faint inkling, in the bloom of thought, and then unfold into wide-reaching meditations on what it means to live in the contemporary moment, among plastic, statistics, and diet soda. Written in a direct, conversational style, the poems in Sun Bear display full-force why Zapruder is one of the most popular poets in America.
From "I Drink Bronze Light":
Great American summer lakes
right now I am flying above you
through a rare cloudless transparent sky
back to the city where it is always
cold even in summer
the round hole I press my face against
shows only a blue expanse
with white sails below
speckled exactly the way
the Aegean would have been
three thousand years ago
if one could have seen it from above
maybe riding in the dark claw
of a god who didn't care. . . .
Matthew Zapruder is a poet, translator, and editor at Wave Books. He is the author of three collections of poetry, and his book The Pajamaist won the William Carlos Williams Award. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in many publications, including BOMB, Harvard Review, Paris Review, the New Yorker, McSweeney's, and the Believer. He lives in San Francisco, California.