Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Patrick Dunagan on Aaron Shurin

In the new issue of The Critical Flame, poet and critic Patrick Dunagan reviews Aaron Shurin's new collection of prose poems, Citizen (City Lights, 2011):
Citizen marks Aaron Shurin's return to the prose poem after fifteen years. His previous verse collection, Involuntary Lyrics, was a re-warping of the woof (as Robert Duncan would put it) found in end words of Shakespeare's sonnets. Between these, Shurin took a turn towards memoir with the collection King of Shadows. San Francisco serves as the predominant setting for many of Shurin's prose sketches in that collection, as it does in Citizen. This is no surprise. Shurin has lived in the city since 1974, and in many ways his life is inextricably woven into that of the area as a whole, as his poem “City of Men” and Unbound: A Book of Aids indicate. Like Robert Duncan, one of his assured mentors, Shurin is a poet of place, and Citizen reflects the attendant responsibilities such a relationship entails.
Read the rest of Dunagan's review here.

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