Richard Siken

Recommended by Chad, City Lights Books

Richard Siken's Crush, selected as this year’s winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize, is a powerful collection of poems driven by obsession. Siken writes with ferocity, and his reader hurtles unstoppably with him. His poetry is confessional, gay, savage, and charged with violent eroticism.

In her introduction to the book, competition judge Louise Glück hails the "cumulative, driving, apocalyptic power, [and] purgatorial recklessness" of Siken’s poems. She notes, “Books of this kind dream big. . . . They restore to poetry that sense of crucial moment and crucial utterance which may indeed be the great genius of the form.”

Title Crush
Author Richard Siken
Publisher Yale University Press
Title First Published 11 April 2005
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 80 p.
ISBN-10 0300107897
ISBN-13 9780300107890
Publication Date 11 April 2005
Main content page count 80
Weight 16 oz.

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