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Hammer: Poems Paperback – July 1, 2003
"This work is so fundamentally substantial and pleasurable that it feels, to me, like an anthem."
From the Back Cover
But Turpin is no noble savage—his work has been highly praised by Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Thom Gunn, Philip Levine, and others, and his poems have appeared in the best literary magazines. His poems create, perhaps out of the necessity of a new subject, an idiom and diction largely missing from contemporary American poetry. Hammer is to carpentry what A Boy's Will was to farming. Wherever Turpin's art takes him next, it's likely many will follow, with pleasure and gratitude.