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Praise for the Book

“Lantz’s lyrics are by turns blunt and delicate, confrontational and full of lamentation.”


“Satirical and darkly comic. . . . Lantz doesn't obfuscate; urgently employing direct expression, his poems ‘let the path of a bird circling / a field describe the dome.’”

Publishers Weekly

“Lantz's tactic is to show us the ludicrous in our daily life machines. His brain is a great piece of software and the data base is satire. This is theater of the absurd—bold, individual, ambitious, nimble, slightly cynical—a solid identity, sustained page after page. For consumers of poetry, you can't find a better buy.”

Washington Independent Review of Books

“Extraordinary. . . . Understated, concise and jaw-droppingly beautiful.”

—Hazel & Wren

“[Lantz] paints modern America with wit, wisdom, and satire.”

Largehearted Boy

“Endlessly bizarre and poignant.”

Ostrich Review

About the Book

“[A] biting but tender book. . . . Lantz shows us moving through a world that spins out of our control. But amid the remnants these poems are testaments to what remains of our hope.”

—Tess Taylor, All Things Considered

“Extremely accessible, written in ceaselessly entertaining, almost prose-like lines, and full of wisdom—though, unfortunately, not of the uplifting kind. It's a bit like what you'd get if Billy Collins took his job as a poet more seriously: light-hearted darkness, one of the true ways contemporary America sees itself.”

—Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR

“An unsettling Jeremiad leveled at today’s America. . . . Nick Lantz has taken his place among the central poets of his generation.”

—David Wojahn


“Nick Lantz is a dark satirist, a subversive eye trained on the waste lawns of suburbia and a cunning ear attuned to the frighteningly funny bits of language that assail us in mass media. At the same time, he is a heartbreaker, a poet who'd risk it all for love.”

—D. A. Powell