Tap Out

Tap Out

Poems

Book - 2019
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"Charts the gritty, physical terrain of blue-collar masculinity."âe* New York Times New & Noteworthy
"Kunz arrives with real poetic talent." -- The Millions, "Must Read Poetry"

"[A] gritty, insightful debut." -- Washington Post

Approach these poems as short stories, plainspoken lyric essays, controlled arcs of a bildungsroman, then again as narrative verse. Tap Out , Edgar Kunz's debut collection, reckons with his workingâe'poor heritage. Within are poignant, troubling portraits of blueâe'collar lives, mental health in contemporary America, and what is conveyed and passed on through touch and wordsâe*violent, or simply absent.

Yet Kunz's verses are unsentimental, visceral, sprawling between oxys and Bitcoin, crossing the country restlessly. They grapple with the shame and guilt of choosing to leave the culture Kunz was born and raised in, the identity crises caused by class mobility. They pull the reader close, alternating fierce whispers and proud shouts about what working hands are capable of and the different ways a mind and body can leave a life they can no longer endure. This hungry new voice asks: after you make the choice to leave, what is left behind, what can you make of it, and at what cost?
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2019.
ISBN: 9781328518125
1328518124
Branch Call Number: 811.6 Kunz 02/2019
Characteristics: 95 pages ;,21 cm

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