TOMORROW AND TOMORROW By David Yezzi
But cursed? Do people ever think they are?
Who thinks they’re cursed? You think, well that’s not good,
or that’s a string of bad luck, a bad year,
but no one thinks they’re cursed. Not at the time.
Yezzi is equally good with a naturalistic verse monologue, with high ridiculousness or high seriousness, and also with the most gratifyingly low light verse. But the mode in which he's probably most distinguished among contemporary poets is dramatic verse, which seems to be forgotten in the U.S., maybe because people believe verse is too formal to accommodate natural speech rhythms. But Yezzi gives the lie to this idea with his superb sense of rhythm, phrasing, diction, timing and syntax, with his special skill at characterization, and with deep sensitivity to real speech."
(JOSHUA MEHIGAN / author, Accepting The Disaster)
Staple Bound Chapbook
Afterword by DENIS DONOGHUE