Zoo Music: Poems

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Slope Editions, 2003 - Poetry - 71 pages
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Poetry. ZOO MUSIC marks another step in the Minneapolis Renaissance -- William Waltz's book, like those of his Twin Cities peers, storms over the American poetic landscape at the right time, sweeping aside today's tired ultra-irony and hyper-humor in favor of ineffable strangeness and touching sincerity. Chosen by Dean Young as Winner of the Second Annual Slope Editions Book Prize. "WALTZ makes sure poetry's mysterious ways remain available and necessary; this debut collection wakes up one's heart and one's brain"--Dara Wier. William Waltz is the editor of Conduit.

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User Review  - Brent Legault - Goodreads

Waltz's poems do what I think all good poems should do: make you relearn your native tongue. You might not think that ordinary English should be able to do some of the things he makes it do. But look, it's on the page, then it's in your mind. It works. And it's beautiful. Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

Another favorite--a dazzling endearing debut. Read full review


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William D. Waltz is the author of Zoo Music (Slope Editions, 2004) and ADVENTURES IN THE LOST INTERIORS OF AMERICA (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013). His chapbook Confluence of Mysterious Origins is forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is the founder and editor of the magazine Conduit.

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