“[Yezzi’s] elements are water and earth—locality, gravity and mortality—and with them he has made some durable poems.”
Stephen Burt — New York Times Book Review
“David Yezzi’s finely-tuned meters make the sound of New York now: a generous, disabused intelligence holding its nerve as nonsense and brutality build at the line’s edge, and the consolations of the personal burn brighter as darkness grows. A terrific book.”
“At first, the book’s title seems a bit of happy, misleading mischief. Most of the opening poems place us neither at sea nor at temporary landfall, but in the heart of the city. Yet the poet’s urban eye is always on the lookout for some watery waver, instants when the workaday world sways to a tidal pull. And we reach our islands eventually, in an inspired interplay of wind and sun. David Yezzi’s Azores is an A–to–Z of life recorded with nimbleness, humor, and longing.”
About the Author
David Yezzi’s books of poetry are Sad Is Eros and The Hidden Model. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its world premiere in 2003 and was released on CD by Arsis in 2007. His poems and criticism have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, The Best American Poetry 2006, and elsewhere. He is executive editor of the New Criterion.