Crush by Richard SikenCrush by Richard Siken


byRichard SikenForeword byLouise Glück

Paperback | April 11, 2005

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Richard Siken’s Crush, selected as the 2004 winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession and love. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism. In the world of American poetry, Siken's voice is striking.
In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Glück hails the “cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, [and] purgatorial recklessness” of Siken’s poems. She notes, “Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.”
Richard Siken lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is cofounder and editor of the literary magazine spork.
Title:CrushFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:April 11, 2005Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300107897

ISBN - 13:9780300107890

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Richard Siken - the best poet of 2000s Emily Dickinson famously remarked, "if I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that it is poetry. If it makes me feel as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that it is poetry. These are the only ways I know, is there any other way?" She should have, in that remark, shamed forever the facile, the decorative, the easily consoling, the tame. She names, after all, responses that suggest violent transformation, the replacement of complacency by peril. Richard Siken has taken Dickinson at her word. I had her reaction.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best thing I read in 2016 This is a very powerful and devastating work.It explores feelings of crushing panic and relationships. I am not usually a very emotion driven reader but the first time I read this I had an anxiety attack while reading.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This collection of poetry is beautiful. It is the first book of poems that I ever became attached to. It makes you feel things that you didn't know you could feel and it is wonderfully written. I highly recommend this book of poetry.
Date published: 2016-11-26

Editorial Reviews

“Siken writes about love, desire, violence, and eroticism with a cinematic brilliance and urgency that makes this one of the best books of contemporary poetry.”—Victoria Chang, The Huffington Post