The Wonderfull Yeare by Nate Pritts
Paperback, 74 pages
$14.00 + s/h
Nate Pritts is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sweet Nothing (Lowbrow Press). POETRY Magazine called his third book, The Wonderfull Yeare, “rich, vivid, intimate, & somewhat troubled” while The Rumpus called Big Bright Sun, his fourth book, “a textual record of mistakes made and insights gleaned...[in] a voice that knows its part in self-destruction.” His poetry & prose have been widely published, both online & in print, at places like Southern Review, Columbia, Washington Square, Gulf Coast, Boston Review & Rain Taxi where he frequently contributes reviews. He is the founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press. Find him online at www.natepritts.com.
From the back of the book:
If the twenty-first century falls victim to a sudden plague, then The Wonderfull Yeare will be its sole antidote. In his collection of pastorals and anti-pastorals, sonnets and anti-sonnets, Pritts proves that the annus mirabilis need not contain monumental breakthroughs like those of Newton and Einstein to justify its wonders. Then isn't to say that these poems lack gravity or electricty, because the opposite is true. With revelations both calamitous and quotidian, Pritts makes us reconsider the entire notion of the calendar, as "Leaves unfold & collect sunlight.//It is the second before everything."
Laura Mullen, author of When I Was Dead and Subject, writes:
Nate Pritts's The Wonderfull Yeare invents new forms for feeling, bringing to life a speaker who sees, in nature, suggestive (but possibly untranslatable, inimitable) directions for moving forward from sorrow. To read these touching collage poems is to make the slow and transformative passage from a "consant red ache" to "blue night...//& then afterward."
You can read reviews of The Wonderfull Yeare by following these links:
From Bill Neumire at Rattle
From Typecast Publishing/Blondone
From Justin Taylor at The Poetry Foundation
From Brad Liening at InDigest