Poetry. A MOUTH IN CALIFORNIA, Graham Foust's fourth book of poetry, uses the ironies and anxieties of contemporary life as a foil for mordant and sometimes violent humor. Through mangled aphorisms, misheard song lyrics, and off-key phrasing, Foust creates a unique idiom of tragicomic pratfalls, a ballet of falling down. Yet the elasticity of Foust's language repels the stiff-necked adversaries of thought: "what's the wrong way to break / that brick of truth back into music?"
Publishers Weekly, starred reviewAnge Mlinko @ The NationRay McDaniel @ The Constant Criticinterview by Paul Ebenkamp @ Studio One Reading Series
Born in Tennessee and raised in Wisconsin, Graham Foust is the author of several books of poems, including NIGHTINGALELESSNESS (Flood Editions, 2018), TIME DOWN TO MIND (Flood Editions, 2015); TO ANACREON IN HEAVEN AND OTHER POEMS (Flood Editions, 2013), a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award; A MOUTH IN CALIFORNIA (Flood Editions, 2009); NECESSARY STRANGER (Flood Editions, 2007); and LEAVE THE ROOM TO ITSELF (Ahsahta Press, 2003). With Samuel Frederick, he has also translated three books by the late German poet Ernst Meister, OF ENTIRETY SAY THE SENTENCE (2015), WALLLESS SPACE (2014), and IN TIME'S RIFT (IM ZEITSPALT) (2012), all published by Wave Books. He works at the University of Denver.Author City: DENVER, CO USA