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The Next Country Paperback – November 1, 2008
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Big-hearted, individualistic in scope and voice, Idra Novey’s The Next Country surveys a terrain that’s truly multifaceted and calibrated down to every word, every nuance. Each poem’s imagistic certainty enlarges meaning. Line by line, a playful innuendo moves us, and we find ourselves in that rugged country of the human spirit where enlightenment and surprise are twin rulers.”Yusef Komunyakaa
"The Next Country is a choice collection of poems. Bold, immediate, uninhibited by fashions, they are very American originals. Drawn from a big landscape, they are intimate with New York and Chile, desert and river, indoors and outdoors. Novey generates the lively mental action that is the joy of true art."Marie Ponsot
"The title of Novey's collection resonates throughout, whether referring to foreign land, dreamscape, marriage or 'the unseen face.' The miraculous and unexpected interrupt the commonplace, as when a violin assembles itself in the poet's coat pocket, or when a blind donkey occupies a dead tiger's cage at the zoo. In the end, we are transported 'To Byzantium, By Train,' on a journey of haunting self-transformation, and we realize in what deft hands we have been held from the beginning."Carolyn Forché
In The Next Country, Idra Novey exemplifies a quiet identification with the everyman, not an exclamatory one.”- Great American Pinup
"Novey strikes a fine balance between hints and allusions to political history and generalized or allegorical locales, not proper nouns or place names but 'leaping wells to the underworld'. . ."Publishers Weekly, starred review
Each poem is a country and as we read we move from country to country, between regions of human experience, through the territory of the imagination Novey’s appeal to our natural (irresistible) curiosity about where we are, where we are going, and what’s over the next hill, will win every time.”Taurpaulin Sky
Novey’s collection deftly navigates complex ideas about politics, history and memory by creating timeless allegories...The Next Country is a quiet beauty of a book.”-Lilith
"[Novey’s] spare poems are enticing luring the reader in with just a few compelling, carefully chosen details leaving the reader to marvel and wonder and want more."-Pleiades