America's Favorite Poem

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Brooklyn Arts Press, 2020 - Poetry - 94 pages

"If Frank O'Hara, Shakespeare and André Breton were alive today in Brooklyn, they might be Jason Koo. Jason Koo is alive today and he writes and I listen. I listen because he tells me something very important about what it means to be an American poet. Jason Koo is a live wire and the poems in America's Favorite Poem are shoots of ocean-colored electricity from the center of a country that listens to itself. These poems bluster and ask us, "What's the point of being ridiculous?" and then give us the answer just as quickly, because "Over and over and over again you dream." This is an American poetry that isn't afraid to dream again. So dream alongside of it and your new favorite poem just may be you again." -Dorothea Lasky

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About the author (2020)

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine, Jason Koo is the author of the poetry collections MORE THAN MERE LIGHT (Prelude Books, 2018), AMERICA'S FAVORITE POEM (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2020) and MAN ON AN EXTREMELY SAMLL ISLAND (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2020). Coeditor of the BROOKLYN POETS ANTHOLOGY (Broklyn Arts Press / Brooklyn Poets, 2017), he has published his poetry and prose in the American Scholar, Missouri Review, Village Voice and Yale Review, among other places, and won fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute. An associate teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He lives in Brooklyn.

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