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paper • 74 pages • 15.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-884800-89-4

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The Currency

Paul Otremba

The finely-sculpted poems of The Currency animate the world of art and architecture, from Caravaggio and Frank Gehry to the contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan and the filmmaker Jean-Pierre Limosin. Exploring such works of art for how they lead us to pause for thought and breath, for how they infuse mind and body in equal measure, helping us keep and pass the time we spend, Otremba poignantly articulates the hues of familial life. One ghazal traces colors, Rothkolike, through a boy’s life; another poem traces the speaker’s fascination with doctors to a childhood encounter with his physician father. Art and life intermix seamlessly and you, like the book’s speaker, will feel “I almost heard them move, / the figures beneath the photographs’ gloss.”

About the Author

  • “[A]ustere and lush, cool and soulful. These poems are exhilaratingly achieved.” —Mark Doty
  • “Otremba promises to be an influential and important voice for his generation.” —Michael Collier

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