City Country

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City Country

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This is Tony Mancus' third chapbook. It was selected as the winner of the 2014 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest, which was judged by Ben Lerner.

Tony Mancus is the author of two other chapbooks, Bye Land (Greying Ghost) and Bye Sea (Tree Lights Books). In 2008, with Sommer Browning, he founded Flying Guillotine Press. He has taught creative writing for many years—most recently with Writopia Lab DC and previously at Hunter College in New York. He currently works as a technical writer.

Ben Lerner has said of Tony's work: “Neither the built space of the city nor a fantasy of pastoral escape; instead, these poems are a zone where the natural and artificial interpenetrate, often violently: electricity circulating through a doomed calf, the blade of a mower that “bends like / a thought / into the future.” In other words, the work is real--poems that summon considerable lyric powers to cut through the genre’s false consolations: “and the guests / guess wrong / about the necks // of birds / of reptiles / of mammals // of the hurt on the human form…” The line is the blade; see it shining in Tony’s hands.”

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