Peter Gizzi

In Defense of Nothing

In Defense of Nothing

Selected Poems 1987-2011

Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2014

Finalist for the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Peter Gizzi has been hailed as one of the most significant and distinctive voices writing today. Gathered from over five collections, and representing close to twenty five years of work, the poems in this generous selection strike a dynamic balance of honesty, emotion, intellectual depth and otherworldly resonance—in Gizzi’s work, poetry itself becomes a primary ground of human experience. Haunted, vibrant, and saturated with luminous detail, Gizzi’s poetry enlists the American vernacular in a magical and complex music. In Defense of Nothing is an immensely valuable introduction to the work of this extraordinary and singular poet.

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