Publisher- Expected publication
My rating-2 of 5 stars
"The After Party" is an interesting collection of poems. Some poems are very short -about one stanza- or longer (a few pages). The idea of this collection seemed very thought out, but the order of this collection didn't flow the way that I was expecting. Some of the poems didn't have that flow that most poems have. Many of them were kind of confusing and very dull. Overall I wasn't impressed with the execution of the book.
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SynopsisJana Prikryl’s The After Party journeys across borders and eras, from cold war Central Europe to present-day New York City,from ancient Rome to New World suburbs, constantly testing the lingua francas we negotiate to know ourselves. These poems disclose the tensions in our inherited identities and showcase Prikryl’s ambitious experimentation with style.
“Thirty Thousand Islands,” the second half of the collection,presents some forty linked poems in a great variety of structures and incorporating numerous voices. Rooted in one place that fragments into many places—the remote shores of Lake Huron in Canada, a region with no natural resources aside from its beauty—these poems are an elegy that speaks beyond grief.
Penetrating, vital, and visionary, The After Party marks the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.