Review: Matthew Zapruder’s The Pajamaist

It’d been a couple of months since I actually finished a poetry review for Bookslut, but, happily, one made it in time for this month’s issue.  The book is Matthew Zapruder’s 2nd collection, The Pajamaist:

Matthew Zapruder’s self-assessment here is, I think, entirely apt: The Pajamaist, his second book of poems, is rewarding when it moves from inscrutability to pure transparency. It’s a delicate balancing act that he pulls off: Neither wholly experimental nor wholly contemplative, Zapruder’s poetry repeatedly dramatizes the mutual entwining of these stances. What makes The Pajamaist worth reading, then, is less a particular concept than an attempt to enact that “clear mystery” as frequently as possible.

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