The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine
An unconventional new collection from a National Poetry Series award winner
Mark Yakich 's acclaimed debut collection, Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross, examined the blessing and curse of romantic love in its multiplicities. The poems in his new collection approach questions of suffering and atrocity (e.g., war, genocide, fallen soufflés) with discerning humor and unconventional comedy. These poems show how humor can be taken as seriously as straight-ahead solemnity and how we can re-envision solemnity in terms other than lamentation, protest, and memorial.
after Auden after Dante
O what heavenly suffering—
-San Francisco Chronicle
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