Our Age Of Anxiety
About the Book
Henry Israeli’s Our Age of Anxiety reflects the discomfort of our present moment in history when the world as we’ve known it has seemingly come unhinged. Taking its title from W.H. Auden’s controversial book length meditation on his era, Our Age of Anxiety blends elements of the author’s personal life with a natural world that has been upended by existential fear and doubt. Mannequins dive from planes, dogs wear hats, snakes devour children, fathers disguise themselves as creatures that roam suburban backyards, cities are crumbling, and the dead return with guns buried in their skulls. These are just a few of the areas Israeli’s poems touch upon as they reach past the reality of our day to day existence and explore, with humor and horror, the emotional underpinnings of living life with a dreadful uncertainty.
About the Book
Henry Israeli’s poetry collections are god’s breath hovering across the waters, (Four Way Books: 2016), Praying to the Black Cat (Del Sol: 2010), and New Messiahs (Four Way Books: 2002). He is also the translator of three books by Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku. He has been awarded fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Canada Council on the Arts, and elsewhere. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and The Harvard Review, as well as several anthologies. Henry Israeli is also the founder and editor of Saturnalia Books.