You Must Remember This
"Hauntingly fable-like and delightfully idiosyncratic." --ADA LIM N
A woozy logic dominates these poems: a heart can become a buzzing hive of bees, a rooster can trigger a series of bombs, a young man can embrace a city bus as his spirit animal. Yet in this collection--selected by Kevin Prufer as the winner of the 2014 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry--Michael Bazzett slices through his poems with a dangerous sense of humor. "Your humor is deft and cutting / my fingers off one by one." Once dismembered, Bazzett's poems can re-member us and piece together the ways in which we once thought we knew ourselves, creating a new, strange sense of self.
A meditation on who we are, who we've been, and what we might become, Bazzett's writing is like a note written in invisible ink: partially what we see on the page, but also the "many dozen doorways that we don't walk through each day." You Must Remember This is a consistently slippery, enrapturing collection of poems.
Milkweed Editions, 9781571314741, 96pp.
Publication Date: December 9, 2014