We Are Starved (Paperback)
University Press of Colorado, 9781885635174, 82pp.
Publication Date: June 15, 2011
"In haunted days more filled with violence than grace, Joshua Kryah has found the sacred, a way to be amazed at how 'you can move among the world's misfortune/and still consider it good.' "We Are Starved"'s breathtakingly mature poems are fueled by a man's internal combustion, the tremendous labor it is to live well--to be a father, a lover, a son--in a fallible world. There's a gorgeous, seeking darkness swelling the heart of We Are Starved, one that marks Kryah as among contemporary poetry's finest young voices." --Alex Lemon, author of "Happy: A Memoir" and "Fancy Beasts"
"Joshua Kryah is redefining what it means to write spiritual poetry. This is not another book about longings for the spiritual; this is a book of offerings to the spiritual. These poems answer the plea of Yeats's spirits ('We are starved') and give them what they crave, depicting the particulars of human appetite and the way each 'peculiar and appalling hunger' unfolds. The scope of these poems is dizzying; they echo and glitter and sear as they, against all odds, give us a 'world that] is/suddener than any idea about the world.' " We Are Starved" is unabashed and unflinching, and it is deeply, exquisitely satisfying." --Mary Szybist, author of "Granted"