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Whether in New York City or his ancestral home of the Phillipines, Patrick Rosal finds trouble he isn't asking for in these unforgettable poems, but he responds in kind, pulling no punches in his most visceral work to date. Mt hand's quick trip from my hip to your chin. . .is not the first free lesson I've given," Rosal writes, and he backs up his claim: Brooklyn Antediluvian is full of lessons, hard-earned, from a poet who repeatedly discovers beauty where we least expect it.
Praise for the Book
"Rosal’s lines bob and weave with an effortless unpredictability. . .show[ing] off his extraordinary ear for poetry’s sonic qualities, in particular rhythm and consonance. . . .The title poem [is] title poem an earth-shattering performance; Rosal seamlessly stitches together history, mythology, etymology, and autobiography."—Publishers Weekly
"Brooklyn Antediluvian is a tour-de-force love song to New York City's most boisterous borough. These poems, restless and unnerving, do difficult, necessary work."—Patricia Smith
About the Author
Patrick Rosal is the author of three previous collections: Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, My American Kundiman, and Boneshepherds. He teaches in the creative writing program at Rutgers–Camden and lives in Philadelphia.
Original trade paperback / $15.95 (Can $20.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-474-4 / 80 pages / Poetry