David Yezzi's books of poems include The Hidden Model (2003) and Azores (2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry (2006, 2012), The Paris Review Book, The Pushcart Prize, and elsewhere. He is editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets and executive editor of The New Criterion. He lives in New York City.
"Sad and serious, attentive to meter and balance yet no slave to form, the dramatic monologues, rough laments, strict rhymes and accomplished syllabics in this third volume from Yezzi go far beyond expectations: it should impress not just those who follow "formal" poetry generally, but almost anyone who has an abiding love for the poetry of Robert Frost. Yezzi draws carefully on the non- and pre-modernist past: what he adds is, sometimes, a caustic sadness peculiar to his generation, a sense of nothing left, as in a poem on an old photograph: "The scribble across / the back, your name—/ if more was meant, / it never came." Failed romance, disconsolate Eros, provides a ground note for a volume that also observes urban privilege and the urban poor, though it keeps coming back to the poet's own Larkinesque, or perhaps Frostian, failures: "We are as useless as an open lock, / more insubstantial than a drinking song.""
"While Yezzi's verse may be formal and polished, his voice is always intimate, often slangy, and extraordinarily confiding."
Carnegie Mellon University Press