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Jay Hopler's Green Squall is the winner of the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. As Louise Glück observes in her foreword, “Green Squall begins and ends in the garden”; however, Hopler’s gardens are not of the seasonal variety evoked by poets of the English lyric—his gardens flourish at lower, fiercer latitudes and in altogether different mindscapes. There is a darkness in Hopler’s work as deep and brutal as any in American poetry. Though his verbal extravagance and formal invention bring to mind Wallace Stevens’s tropical extrapolations, there lies beneath Green Squall’s lush tropical surfaces a terrifying world in which nightmare and celebration are indistinguishable, and hope is synonymous with despair.

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Jay Hopler was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1970 and has earned degrees from New York University, The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Southwest Florida.

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In Louise Glück's final selection as judge of the Yale Younger Poet's Prize, an alternately ecstatic and self-deprecating speaker measures himself against a ravishing and disinterested natural world that is sometimes a mirror, sometimes an unattainable aspiration. The dialogue in these 34 poems is mostly between the speaker and himself, allowing for pained self-negations: "...the first, long satisfied sigh of summer. / Satisfied-that can't be right; summer's never / Satisfied." Hopler's most beguiling lines have the surprisingly convincing turn of haiku and aphorism, though with a healthy dose of irony: "How disappointing it all is! / The lemon trees, the banyan trees, the sky- / How disappointing it all is." When other voices enter, they humiliate the speaker, as in "The Frustrated Angel": "That's mighty big talk, isn't it, Hopler-coming from a man who lives with his mother?" Redemption comes, however briefly, in the transcendent evocations of nature's power: "Where's the crash- / That climax of diamonds, that wild, yellow / Crash of sparks // the wind will use to set this field / on fire?" The best of these poems are truly stunning.
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