2013: Model of a City in Civil War
by Adam Day
Adam Day’s debut volume of poetry bucks the current pandemic of terminal irony, but does so with alertness to paradox and mystery–those things irony becomes when it grows up. In varied formal moves and unified tone, Day reminds us how rewarding serious poetry can be and how much we have missed it.
Adam Day is the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, a PEN Emerging Writers Award, and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. His work has appeared in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, AGNI, The Iowa Review, and others.
Praise for Adam Day:
“As Day’s poems gather, taking stock, making inventory, he reveals the fundamental paradox of his method: familiarity crossed with estranging clarity produces, in the hands of this fine new poet, an eerie intensity and a distinguishing grace.”
“These poems have great range, great texture, and great unpredictable pleasures. It’s unusual for a first book to extend the repertoire of what can be done in a poem, but Model of a City in Civil War does exactly that.”
In his haunting debut collection, Adam Day weaves a detailed surrealistic landscape ruled by harsh seasons and harsher happenings. Often rendered in imagistic micro-vignettes and character studies, these poems arrive both as urgent cautionary dispatches from a parallel world and reminders of the brutal and too-familiar events and absurdities of our own. . . . What seems at first glance to be a view into a wholly other realm steadily becomes a shockingly timely, searing meditation on human nature as it manifests itself in our daily lives and public history.”