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 it reaches in deep! to me, his writing paints a confessional, dark and ghost-like picture/feeling. i would recommend if you are interested in an intimate view of what it might feel like to have a burned or burning heart for someone.
Date published: 2018-01-25
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.
Date published: 2017-06-28
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, Huffington Post "Vital, immediate, and cinematic in scope, [Siken's] verse offers sharply observed vignettes of longing, love, and pain."—Library Journal (Best Poetry of 2005) "Siken’s debut collection derives its energy from the friction among bodies, selves, and lovers. . . . This book will excite patrons and be long remembered. Recommended for all collections."—Library Journal "Vital, immediate, and cinematic in scope, [Siken's] verse offers sharply observed vignettes of longing, love, and pain."—Library Journal (Best Poetry of 2005) "Crush embodies an impressive unity of sex, the currents of feeling that carry us helplessly, fleeting encounters that often promise physical transcendence but leave us unloved or emotionally drained. . . . Crush is a vivid, fast-paced book that may be read as a single, powerful sequence."—Antioch Review "Every poem in Crush is every bit as immediate, engaging, and absorptive as the best films; [Siken] holds the reader rapt, making it almost impossible to look away from the beautiful and troubling scenes he sets. . . . Siken's breathtaking debut possesses all the ingredients of poet Charles Harper Webb's formula for great poetry: wit, passion, and impropriety. Through his powerful use of the second person, Siken reaches out to you, the reader, pulls you into his picture show, makes you the reluctant star. By the end of the collection, you are left feeling implicated, participatory."—Kathleen Rooney, New Hampshire Review "Siken's debut collection, 15 years in the making, hurls the reader into a world of nerve-wracked love–relationships haunted by obsession and futility–expressed with such eloquence as to make the pain of it strangely alluring. With sophisticated wordplay and provocative shifts between first and second person, Siken expresses a frustration with earthbound details and bodily confinement. He effectively juxtaposes holy wishes with mundane images–making them both seem beautiful by some strange lyrical alchemy–throwing love in with the sock drawer."—Nell Casey, "An explosive, frantic splash of language and imagery that depicts both tremendous tenderness and vivid violence between male lovers. Richard Siken writes a pulsing, rambling, surrealistic, and cinematic verse. . . . While the language and energy and pure sensational vision of this poetry might seep into your soul like the whiskey so often invoked in these pages, you will taste the salt of blood on your tongue after you finish reading Crush—and you will never look at love and the comfort it promises the same way again."—Maureen Picard Robins, Rain Taxi "Richard Siken's artistry is, quite frankly, astounding. . . . His talent is evident on almost every page. His world might be a dark one, but his writing shimmers."—Barbara Wiedemann, Magill Book Reviews "Crush is a wondrous, brilliant book. Richard Siken’s poetry is daring in its construction, graceful yet startling in its beauty, and complicit with emotions and states of mind that would have remained unintelligible without him."—Dennis Cooper