“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.”
“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
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.