“What a treat to listen to this new voice with its nutty intelligence and its strange authority.” (Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2001)
“These are buoyant, agile, and often frightened poems -- poems that would like to outsmart themselves but -- poignantly, thankfully -- cannot.” (Mark Levine, author of Enola Gay and Debt)
“Flipping through Tremolo, you immediately confront a prickly stir of humor, philosophy and romantic giddiness; reading this book is something like walking into a kitchen at a party and coming upon a wild charmer you’d never met, mid-gesticulation -- a terrific storyteller, but also one eager to switch gears mid-sentence, mid-phrase, mid-thought...the perfect panacea: a source of wisdom disguised as a thrill ride.” (Emily Nussbaum, The New York Times Book Review)
“[Tremolo] brings to mind both T.S. Eliot and McSweeney’s....” (Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker)
About the Author
Spencer Short, a graduate of James Madison University, received his M.F.A. at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded both the Hopwood Award and the Cowden Fellowship. A Maytag Fellow and a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has also won an Academy of American Poets Award. Spencer Short has worked as a lecturer, a wine steward, a bouncer, a bartender, a copy editor, on a keg truck, and at London's Globe Theatre project. He lives in Iowa City.