Poetry. LGBT Studies. "A book of thresholds, middles, unfinished episodes, Shurin's latest presents a set of rigorous and exacting deliriums. First- and third-person narrators are interspliced and then abandoned to purely visceral description of muscles, contours, even applause. The diction switches from archaic to pulpy noir to adult contemporary. Yet these 48 prose poems have an immediacy that holds them together perfectly.... Readers of Jorie Graham, Michael Palmer and other edgy, glossy elegists will find Shurin's modes familiar but his voice unique."—Publishers Weekly
Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA
Aaron Shurin is an American poet, essayist, and educator. Since 1999, he has co-directed the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Aaron Shurin received his M.A. in Poetics from New College of California, where he studied under poet Robert Duncan. He is a recipient of California Arts Council Literary Fellowships in poetry (1989, 2002), and a NEA fellowship in creative nonfiction (1995). Shurin is the former Associate Director of the Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University. He is the author of over ten books, including A'S DREAM (O Books, 1999), NARRATIVITY (Sun & Moon Press, 1990), Unbound: A Book of AIDS (Sun & Moon Press, 1997), THE PARADISE OF FORMS: SELECTED POEMS (Talisman House, Publishers, 1999), A DOOR (Talisman House, Publishers, 2000), INVOLUNTARY LYRICS (Omnidawn Publishing, 2005), KING OF SHADOWS (City Lights Publishers, 2008) and CITIZEN (City Lights Publishers, 2011).