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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Tupelo Press (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193219505X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932195057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,886,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Zapruder, editor-in-chief at Verse Press, makes his own verse debut with American Linden, sure to receive cognoscenti attention, especially in Verse's home bases (New England and New York). Zapruder's hip lyricism offers both the slippery comedy and a surprisingly grave, ultimately winning, commitment to real people, emotions, locales: "My lack of compassion astounds me," Zapruder explains, "and must not come to know itself"; another poem ends as the poet himself is admonished, "`Come back when you have something/ less riveting to say.'"
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Matthew Zapruder, editor-in-chief at Verse Press, makes his own verse debut with American Linden, sure to receive cognoscenti attention, especially in Verse's home bases (New England and New York). Zapruder's hip lyricism offers both the slippery comedy and a surprisingly grave, ultimately winning, commitment to real people, emotions, locales: ""My lack of compassion astounds me,"" Zapruder explains, ""and must not come to know itself""; another poem ends as the poet himself is admonished, ""`Come back when you have something/ less riveting to say.""
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --Publishers Weekly

...severe, steady, surprising... a book that takes my mind and gives it a good shakingever so gently"" -- Dara Wier
""Matthew Zapruder is a dangerous poet..."" -- Dean Young
""Often whimsical, always lyric, this poetry is ceaselessly travelling; I was glad to be taken along on its journeys."" -- D. A. Powell --Review

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ivan W. Fuller on June 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Matthew Zapruder is the kind of poet you want to crack open over a beer far from home. Take the time to relish the imagery in this great collection, to let yourself walk the path of Zapruder's memories, to laugh at the outrageous (yet oh-so-right) nuggets of truth contained here. After soaking in a few of these poems you soon learn that you're in the confident hands of a searcher...and his way is open to anyone who wants to join him. Thanks, Matthew...for everything! I'm looking forward to "The Pajamaist!"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Matthew Zapruder, American Linden (Tupelo, 2002)

One of the drawbacks of having rooms full of books waiting for you to read them (and it's even worse if you have a library card and wide-ranging tastes) is that once in a while you hear good things about a book right after it comes out, put it on the list of "hmm, I should read that some day," and then promptly forget about it for three years. This is exactly what happened to me with Figments guitarist Matthew Zapruder's American Linden, and I'm kicking myself for not having just gone out and found a copy as soon as I heard good press about it.

Zapruder's work is the kind of stuff you read simply for the pleasure of hearing the words flow by in your head.

"Where I inspect myself

for a black and white cat

who hides my sluggishness from inspectors.

His name is Joselito."

("Park Slope")

There is a great deal of depth and definition to Zapruder's word choices; so many of these poems work so well that it's extremely difficult to find fault with a single word. (One wonders how much of this was workshopped or criticized by outside sources; one suspects the answer is "none of it.") It's work that says its piece and gets out, though you'll likely be left pondering what, exactly, that piece might be.

In an age where it seems anyone with a connection to other media are pumping out books of poetry to no end (viz. recent howlingly bad collections by Jimmy Stewart, Jimmy Carter, Jewel, Ally Sheedy, etc. etc. ad nauseam), it's nice to find someone who can work this well in both genres. Highly recommended. **** ½
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso' on June 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Precious, vapid and unmemorable, bar two *knockout* poems, the poignant A Return and the even more perfect School Street; it helps that the latter is funny, always a good sign. So, what's going on, Matt? (The dazzling reviews here are for the most part suspicious, odd or cringeworthy.) Less is more. Don't blow it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Matthew Zapruder's American Linden is a sometimes surreal, often funny, always genuinely expressed book of linguistic constellations. He mentions Spanish and Greek and logic, Tagalog and tunes and melody, birdsong and currencies, and he writes "I am guilty of secret constellations." Yet these constellations are not altogether secret, but rather playfully at play, put into motion like a wonderful mobile alternately inducing delight, clash, harmony, distracted thoughtfulness, etc. The pieces of the mobile, dangling as if from thin metal ligatures, are clouds and golems, farms and days, foreign currency and flowers and breasts and noon, and they assemble and reassemble in shifting clustered galaxies that I thoroughly enjoyed gazing at, stumbling across, chuckling over.
It is a book made of inventive and continuous, quirky and comedic, unrolling threads of metaphor, many surprising but sensible as the cat whose "mother was a sofa, a whole/ neighborhood of comfort, support,/ understanding..." In this, and in many creative reversals and convergences, he causes elements to flow into one another, creating an odd, complex, (but not dissonant or off-putting) amalgam of yet almost intuitive experience-"when that ten AM birdfeeder skylight/ perfectly lifted/ from morning hour/ halted a moment beyond my fingertips/ to perch half still/ and three quarters in motion/ a sketch of a hummingbird..." He understands the magician's and the comedian's craft of the set up, the teasing of expectation, the timing of delivery, the slip into an unforeseen magnificence of surprise. But here it is without the magician's grandiloquent drama- this is a book and a craft and a language not caught up with or in itself but rather generous, comic, and sometimes, idiosyncratically resplendent.
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