Monday, July 20, 2009

The Drunken Piano

Thorburn writes across as broad an imaginative spectrum as any poet working today. The subjects of The Drunken Piano are exquisitely varied—real and fantastic literary biography, childhood rapture, rock and roll, adolescence, old movies, spies, soldiers, love, baseball played by sons and legends, the Russian cold of Upper Michigan. And through all this, the mental life we inhabit has a consistent complexity, depth and (above all) authenticity that makes this book the best of company.
--Jonathan Johnson, associate professor at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, the graduate writing program at Eastern Washington University; poet, Mastodon 80% Complete and In the Land We Imagined Ourselves

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