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The Finger  Bone


Kevin Prufer's new poems spin us into bizarre, occasionally uncomfortable recognitions. They do it through language so imaginitively brilliant that even the ominous and sad are imbued with pleasure. I have not encountered such an exciting book in years. —Susan Ludvigson

Even as he makes strange a world grown too familiar, Prufer offers us a new one, beautiful and dangerous, in a voice both original and haunting. —The Antioch Review

The Finger Bone is a challenging and provocative book by an exciting young writer who speaks from — and to — the uncertainties of the contemporary world.... These poems need to be writ large on the American psyche. —The Georgia Review

Intellectually and imagistically complex.... The Finger Bone is a fascinating book by a poet already tuned to many of the salient issues emerging in the 21st century. —American Book Review

This book is a significant achievement. —Quarterly West

Radiant with the glow of the inner world of the imagination.   —The Notre Dame Review

The Finger Bone is a must-read. —The Missouri Review

In a time when contentions between "formalist" and "experimental: poetic camps often seem irreconcilable, Kevin Prufer's work is a welcome that praxis often cuts through the tangled arguments of theory.  —Prairie Schooner

We are dazzled by his extraordinary versatility with language.  —Electronic Poetry Review

A new voice in our poetry, a voice that is quietly and darkly American, funny, gothic, surreal, full of clear detail, impossible to ignore.  —Ilya Kaminsky, National Poetry Review



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