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Tap Out: Poems

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Tap Out: Poems

By  Edgar Kunz
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"Charts the gritty, physical terrain of blue-collar masculinity."New York Times New & Noteworthy
 “Kunz arrives with real poetic talent.”The Millions, “Must Read Poetry”

"[A] gritty, insightful debut." —Washington Post

Winner of the 2019 Julia Ward Howe Award for Poetry

Approach these poems as short stories, plainspoken lyric essays, controlled arcs of a bildungsroman, then again as narrative verse. Tap Out, Edgar Kunz’s debut collection, reckons with his working‑poor heritage. Within are poignant, troubling portraits of blue‑collar lives, mental health in contemporary America, and what is conveyed and passed on through touch and words―violent, or simply absent.
Yet Kunz’s verses are unsentimental, visceral, sprawling between oxys and Bitcoin, crossing the country restlessly. They grapple with the shame and guilt of choosing to leave the culture Kunz was born and raised in, the identity crises caused by class mobility. They pull the reader close, alternating fierce whispers and proud shouts about what working hands are capable of and the different ways a mind and body can leave a life they can no longer endure. This hungry new voice asks: after you make the choice to leave, what is left behind, what can you make of it, and at what cost? 

Edgar Kunz is the author of two poetry collections: Fixer (Ecco, 2023), a New York Times Editors’ Choice Book, and Tap Out (Ecco, 2019), which the Washington Post called “a gritty insightful debut.” He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow and a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Recent poems appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Poetry, and American Poetry Review. He lives in Baltimore and teaches at Goucher College.

ISBN: 9781328518125

ISBN-10: 9781328518125

Publisher: Ecco

Publication Date: 03/05/2019 - 12:00am

On Sale: 03/05/2019 - 12:00am

Pages: 112

Language: English


Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Family

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Family & Relationships / Dysfunctional Families