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A sustained, swerving, humming pleasure. -- Forrest Gander

Baus tugs at the old heart strings like a Romantic, but with his own brand of emotion.... Sophisticated and thrilling. -- Olivia Cronk

About the Author

ERIC BAUS was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His publications include the chapbooks the space between magnets (Diaeresis, 2001) and a swarm in the aperture (Margin to Margin, 2002). He has published poems in Verse, Hambone, First Intensity, 3rd bed, Colorado Review, and other journals. His book, The To Sound, was selected by Forrest Gander for the 2002 Verse Prize and was awarded a grant from the Greenwall Fund of the Academy of American Poets. He currently lives in western Massachusetts where he is an editor of Baffling Combustions.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Verse Press (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972348743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972348744
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,585,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Real name, that is, the name I use: Jacob Russell
Finished Eric Baus's The To Sound... and read it again, and then again. I think this has become one of my favorite books of poetry. At first I was reading, as I do with unfamiliar work, letting the words glide by, not trying to hold on to anything. Drifting into a kind of verbal white noise... then the repetitions began to take hold. Single words repeated pages apart. Themes that were never permitted to emerge fully formed. Several poems into the book, they began to feel like dreams, dream language. I don't mean attempts to recreate or represent dreams... but the very language of dreams where every word, every slide from the expected, the syntactical derailments-- came to be charged with a seductive, subtle yet relentless pull toward an alternate reality shimmering somewhere on the far side of language itself.
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