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Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn Hardcover – April 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814748023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814748022
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,626,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Published by NYU Press, it is the first poetry anthology dedicated exclusively to verse about Brooklyn. Editors Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Michael Tyrell have culled 135 poems that chart the borough’;s long history as a place of danger and beauty, dreams and disappointment. Sure, there are several references to Brooklyn’;s bridges and Coney Island’;s beaches—and even a few to the Dodgers—but the book also encompasses a diversity of lives lived among and between the borough’s icons.”
-Brooklyn Daily Eagle


“In the excellent and surprising anthology Broken Land, poets and editors Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Michael Tyrell take a chronological and panoramic look at the New York borough of Brooklyn as portrayed in poems.”
-Publishers Weekly


“This book isn’t only for Brooklyn residents but for all those who value community. . . . Reading this collection is a moving experience because the poems feel home-grown. It doesn't matter where they were written, each one makes Brooklyn come alive, and the poems find a home inside you.”
-From the Foreword by Hal Sirowitz,author of Mother Said

About the Author

A former resident of Brooklyn, Julia Spicher Kasdorf is an associate professor of English at Penn State University. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Eve’s Striptease and Sleeping Preacher, and a collection of essays, The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life.

Michael Tyrell lives in Brooklyn, where he was born. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, The Yale Review, and Ploughshares. He teaches writing at New York University and Pace University.

More About the Author

Michael Tyrell lives in New York and teaches writing at NYU. He is the author of the poetry collection The Wanted (The National Poetry Review Press, 2012) and his poems have appeared in Agni, The Canary, Fogged Clarity, New England Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Sycamore Review and Yale Review. With Julia Spicher Kasdorf, he edited the anthology Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (NYU Press, 2007).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott R. Hightower on May 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Karsdorf and Tyrell have created a Brooklyn "monument"--in the very best sense of the word--in this homage to a thriving borough with its own unique thriving poetics.

Besides being a generous, good spirited enterprise, "Broken Land" is artfully organized. The editors have evaded nostalgia, cloying tribute, and reductive provincialism. The charm of the American imagination is in full display.

London, Tennessee, or Texas. . . "Broken Land" is a "must have" for any public or personal library... a real gift!
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