Jason Roush After Hours (Body Electric)

ISBN 13: 9781590922392

After Hours (Body Electric)

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9781590922392: After Hours (Body Electric)

In his mesmerizing debut poetry collection, Jason Roush interweaves the worlds of personal nostalgia and urban nightlife--Boston, New York, London, Paris, Rome--to arrive at a quietly exhilarating fusion of atmosphere and sensibility. Dreams and waking life, memory and desire, sprawling cityscapes and Ohio countrysides: all conspire under a veil of darkness that comforts and unsettles at once. Lucid yet intricate, this tightly knit sequence of twenty-two poems offers a bold, introspective view of people and places spellbound by the night.

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Jason Roush lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He teaches at Emerson College.


"Fasten your seatbelt. Jason Roush, at the wheel of a 2004 Constellation, is about to take you there. This maker of pyrotechnic nocturnes pricks out patterns of imagery and sound with the combined skills of the jeweler and folk-rock star, showing us how to be wise and fresh in the same breath. Ohio, which seems to be the Poetry State, adds a new brilliant to the crown that already boasts Hart Crane, James Wright, Richard Howard, and Rita Dove." --Alfred Corn

"There's something exceptionally clean about these poems. Though emotional they aren't messy, though full of regular young stuff, they're more fairytale than worldly. Jason's not at all like Rilke, but he's writing on a very light edge that kind of twinkles--nearly sad about being alive, yet consumed with taking a picture." --Eileen Myles

"Meticulous, candid, poised, this outstanding first book has the passion and cool of art. Jason Roush is a striking, genuine new talent and After Hours is a wonderful read." --Robert Pinsky

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