A debut collection from NEA and Stegner fellow Edgar Kunz. Poems that sprawl between oxys and Bitcoin, crossing the country restlessly as they struggle to reconcile a troubled young adulthood with the working poor New England youth.
A whirlwind debut. Stories of sclerotic lives told in wrought images, Kunz arrives with real poetic talent ... Tap Out lives in a bittersweet world, and does so well, but there’s also fine touches here...
Kunz’s straightforward verse is captivating in assembling contexts for these hard men ... These are intimate scenes with men that struggle with intimacy, charging quiet moments with intensity, and intensifying quiet moments ... What flourishes in these near-empty scenes are the crevices, hands 'gnarled / as roots dripping river mud,' a 'Split nail grown back // scalloped and crooked,' 'The stitch- / puckered skin,' the life a body shows.
Though the cities Kunz inhabits in these poems may have seen better days, he finds quiet moments of beauty in the surrounding natural world ... Kunz’ poems are sparse and accessible, reminiscent of Hemingway in both content and style, and feature an extraordinary new voice that draws its energy from an underrepresented perspective.