The Pajamaist

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Copper Canyon Press, 2006 - Poetry - 101 pages
22 Reviews

'Zapruder's hip lyricism offers both the slippery comedy and a surprisingly grave, ultimately winning, commitment to real people, emotions, locales.' - Publishers Weekly

Matthew Zapruder is a young poet reinvigorating American letters. In his second collection he engages love, mortality, and life in New York City after 9/11. The title piece, a prose-poem synopsis of an unwritten novel, turns all literary forms upon themselves with savvy and flair, while the elegy cycle 'Twenty Poems for Noelle' is a compassionate song for a suffering friend.

Noelle, somewhere in an apartment
symphony number two
listens to you breathing.
Broken glass in the street.
What was once unglowing glows. . .

The Pajamaist is an intimate book filled with sly wit and an ever-present, infectious openness to amazement. Zapruder's poems are urbane and constantly, curiously searching.

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User Review  - Nobis - Goodreads

Not my style, but I can see why others dig this. So two stars, but only due to my tastes. Read full review

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User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

I read these poems today and yesterday while sitting under the deck on the metal lounge chair. i read while drinking a cup of coffee, another cup of coffee, and a beer. The last line in the poem Tonight You'll Be Able set my brain on fire. Read full review


Dream Job
There Is a Light
Twenty Poems for Noelle

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About the author (2006)

Matthew Zapruder was born in 1967 and holds degrees from Amherst, Berkeley, and University of Massachusetts. His debut volume of poetry, American Linden, received the Tupelo Press Editors' Prize. He is founder of Verse Press, lead guitarist for The Figments, and co-curator of the KGB Reading Series. He lives in New York City.

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