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.
"One of the most original voices of her generation has produced a second brilliant book. These poems, urban and urbane, offbeat and stringent, welcome the reader with a beguiling lucidity; but that sparkling surface, as in the best John Ashbery poems, hides an obliquity that turns out to be provocative and sometimes complexly self-unraveling. Nothing is quite as it seems—'like the East River pretending / to be a river when it's merely an appetite'—and the world is estranged and transfigured in this enchanting work. My idea of the good life would be a new Jana Prikryl poem, served daily with my breakfast, till the end of my days." —James Wood
“No Matter sounds, to me, like the way we live now. . . . Prikryl is someone who came to New York as an adult, and her demographics inform the emotional life in her work – just as they did with Whitman.”—Stephanie Burt, Harper’s
“Prikryl is a shrewd and delicately severe writer with a remarkable gift for observation—'Salon’ is the definitive take on the sociology of getting your nails done, and the poems titled ‘Anonymous’ are dry, precise sketches of old photographic portraits in which the tone is so even you could build a tower of dominoes on it.”—David Orr, The New York Times
“Welcome Prikryl to the club of great New York City poets. Everything about her verse unsettles: the surprising line breaks, the slightly off-kilter syntax, the shifts from philosophical lyricism (‘seeing / with sudden candor, which is / to unsee time’) to technological absurdism: ‘And do you suppose if there’d been phones that / Dido would have chilled, monitored his posts / as he sailed into a storm . . .'”—Anthony Domestico, Commonweal
“Prikryl remains one of the few poets who could make the next ten years uncomfortable.”—William Logan, The New Criterion
“No Matter is one of the most original, bracing & unsettling books I’ve read in years. Its voice is mesmerizing but in a calm unnerving way. Its vision slant & riveting. And the mind at work sees into the unseen & is staggering.”—Jorie Graham, via Twitter
“Prikryl is my favorite poet among my own contemporaries. She writes about being a soul in the circuitry of the 21st-century city. Her gifts include perhaps the rarest one among contemporary poets—wit, which in these poems turns out to be a survival skill.”—Dan Chiasson
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