The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce the release of Approximate Sonnets, an engaging new poetry collection from Alan Elyshevitz of East Norriton, PA.
About Approximate Sonnets, Joseph Kenyon, author of All the Living and the Dead writes: “Reading the poetry of Alan Elyshevitz is akin to walking out your front door and seeing the landscape you live with every day in ways you’ve never seen it before…Elyshevitz takes the traditional sonnet form and refashions it for our perfectly fragmented age. This sense of the foreign familiar makes his poetry so urgent and alive that it not only bears re-reading but demands it. A master work from a master craftsman.”
Simone Zelitch, author of Judenstaat, observes: “The dense, strange sonnets in Elyshevitz’s brilliant collection are packed with language, ideas, humor, and insight. Each poem is like an intricate shadowbox, as the form’s constraints create combinations of words and images that elude and abruptly clarify its subject: whether it is the natural world, history, God, or human behavior. The poems unmoor us and draw us in again.
Alan Elyshevitz is the author of a collection of stories, The Widows and Orphans Fund (SFA Press); a full-length poetry collection, Generous Peril (Cyberwit); and four poetry chapbooks. Recent poems of his have appeared in Tar River Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Consequence , and many other publications. He won the James Hearst Poetry prize from North American Review, the Cervena Barva Press Poetry Chapbook Prize, and the James Tate International Poetry Prize from SurVision Books. In addition, he is a two-time recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. For nearly two decades he served as Assistant Professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia. Born and raised in New York City, he now lives in East Norriton, PA with his wife, Carol Skalky, a noted short story writer and dog trainer.
Approximate Sonnets is available (both via the mail and Online) for $15 from:
The Orchard Street Press
P.O. Box 280
Gates Mills, Ohio 44040