Dream Horse Press
Bruce Cohen's Disloyal Yo-Yo
If you were to splice the DNAs of Walter Mitty
andSalvador Dali, or Cuisinart together the collected works of Louis Simpson andDean Young, you might get the poems of Bruce Cohen. His suburban speakers are often cleaning the garage or steaming off wallpaper in the bedroom, but secretly they are involved in criminal adventures of the imagination, in subtle andhilarious cultural critique, in fantasies of quiet desperation. These are rampages of irony, tenderness andwit, furnished with the verbal wizardry andbravado of a quiet maniac.This is terrific work from start to finish, by a bright new poetry star in the American sky."
"Bruce Cohens Disloyal Yo-Yo is not a collection of poems so much as it is a full-blown surreal but humane visionary account of what it means to be alive in the 21st century. His imagination sweeps across his experience like the Super Doppler he hopes might hover over our lives to transmit intimate newscasts. And what gets transmitted in Cohens poems is not only the intimacy of human relationships but the strange, quirky, unpredictable transformations, a tornado of patio furniture, that refreshes
andreinvents our world."
"Like the paintings of Rene Magritte, the songs of Tom Waits,
andthe Coen brothers' films, Bruce Cohen's poetry offers observations that are simultaneously razor-sharp recognizable andarrestingly askew. His poems are haunting andhilarious, coolly surreal andstingingly poignant. As the best literature always does, his poems knock me off-balance as they expand my underst anding of the absurdities, challenges, anddividends of modern life. Cohen sits at the top of my short list of favorite contemporary poets."
"Bruce Cohen's poems, which I have known for years, keep coming back to me in some askew way that leads me forward. He is one of the most loving
andunpretentious humorous poets I know, andthe incisiveness of his craft is always guided by awareness. He means poetry to be quickbared, vital, bold, original, alive andhe pulls all this off again andagain. Finally, a whole collection to begin to do Bruce Cohen's poetry some justice."
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