Early Hour

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Pub Date: 08/08/2017

Pages: 80

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Imprint: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN 13: 9781556595073

ISBN 10: 1556595077

Price: / $21.99 CAN$16.00

Category: POETRY / American / General

Early Hour

By Michael McGriff

Price: $16.00



About the Book

"It's [McGriff's] language that keeps you reading along, transfixed."—New York Times Book Review

"A lyricist at heart, McGriff is a masterful maker of metaphor." —Third Coast

"McGriff's vivid grit remains hard to gainsay."—Publishers Weekly

A book-length sequence inspired by the Nazi-persecuted German Expressionist painter Karl Hofer's work, McGriff's third collection meditates on eros, cosmology, independence, provenance, "occupied territories," and deviance. Detailed yet indeterminately American landscapes flood with surrealist dream imagery and subtle violence, while the voice of these poems intertwines between the intimately personal and the honestly imagined—all while remaining plainspoken, angular, direct.

From Cosmology

The river moves
beneath the sheet ice.
The wind is a grand hall
of records.
In the recipe box
above the refrigerator,
the deathbed photos
of four generations—
somewhere, their hands
have turned to prime numbers...

Michael McGriff is the author of three books of poetry and an acclaimed collection of short stories, Our Secret Life in the Movies. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry, Bookforum, The Believer, Tin House, American Poetry Review, and on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and PBS NewsHour. He is currently teaching at the University of Idaho.

About the Book

"Michael McGriff lets his bucket down on a long long rope, to tug the darkness up into light."-Albert Goldbarth


Michael McGriff: Michael McGriff is the author of Dismantling the Hills, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize in 2007. He has been a Michener Fellow, and received a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.