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Crown Publishing Group, Summer 2019

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No Matter
By (author): Jana Prikryl
9781984825117 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Women Authors Jul 23, 2019
$20.00 CAD
Active 6 x 8.97 x 0.39 in 112 pages Crown Tim Duggan Books
An urgent, visionary collection of poems from the author of The After Party

Jana Prikryl’s No Matter argues for the necessity of vision in a time of darkness. Set in cities toppling past the point of decline-and-fall—Rome, London, Dublin, and most of all New York—these poems capture the experience of being human in the late days of empire, when the laws protecting weak from strong are being torn away. Ranging from free verse through sonnets and invented forms, Prikryl’s poems insist that every demolition also builds something new and unforeseen.

In poems whose one-word titles give the book a percussive rhythm, Prikryl gives voice to the shifting anxieties and fortitude of the powerless. An ancient Sibyl is the presiding spirit, tired of being the conscience of a people addicted to ancient codes of domination. Dido gets the last word on the male lust for conquest. The American tradition of self-reliance shrivels into the narcissism of the survivalist. Scraps of Moby-Dick, Coriolanus, Virginia Woolf, and Heraclitus drift through the poems like ghosts. New York City is taken hostage by the super-rich, and a scramble for resources infects each relationship. Yet the city’s glamour and importance can’t be denied: there are love poems for friends, for David Bowie, for all kinds of new arrivals who make every city worth saving. In reactionary times, these poems say, we all have a responsibility to use our imagination.

No Matter is an elegy for our ongoing moment, when what seemed permanent suddenly appears to be on the brink of collapse.

AN ACCLAIMED COLLECTION: Jana Prikryl’s first books of poems, The After Party, was named a Best Poetry Book of the Year by The New York Times and received an appreciation by Dan Chiasson in The New Yorker, as well as plaudits from John Ashbery, Charles Simic, David Orr, and many others.

A WELL-CONNECTED AUTHOR: Through her new role as the poetry editor of The New York Review of Books, Prikryl has a wide network of poets, writers, reviewers, and editors ready to champion her work.

REFLECTING TODAY’S REALITY: No Matter viscerally evokes what it’s like to live as a woman in urban America, in an era of social upheaval and when day-to-day experience seems completely at odds with the catastophes unfolding all around us.

JANA PRIKRYL is the author of The After Party, which was one of The New York Times’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The Paris Review, and The New York Review of Books, where she is a senior editor and the poetry editor.

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Praise for The After Party

“Remarkable…Unusually vivid… Brilliant and funny…A sensory autobiography that examines tragic material with a friendly scrutiny…Language in this enchanted book sometimes seems to have an independent intelligence.”—Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

“Prikryl’s debut is a gratifying demonstration of (among other things) the warmth and wit of poetry’s formal architecture.”—David Orr, The New York Times

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