Winner of the 2017 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Whether in New York City or his ancestral home of the Philippines, Patrick Rosal finds trouble he isn't asking for in these unforgettable poems, but he responds in kind, pulling no punches in his most visceral work to date. Brooklyn Antediluvian is full of lessons, hard-earned, from a poet who repeatedly discovers beauty where we least expect it.
“Rosal’s lines bob and weave with an effortless unpredictability. . .show[ing] off his extraordinary ear for poetry’s sonic qualities, in particular rhythm and consonance. . . .The title poem [is] title poem an earth-shattering performance; Rosal seamlessly stitches together history, mythology, etymology, and autobiography.”
“Brooklyn Antediluvian is a tour-de-force love song to New York City's most boisterous borough. These poems, restless and unnerving, do difficult, necessary work.”
Patrick Rosal is the author of the three previous collections Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, My American Kundiman, and Boneshepherds. He teaches in the creative writing program at Rutgers–Camden and lives in Philadelphia.
Paperback / $15.95 (Can $20.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-474-4 / 70 pages / Poetry