Blue Lyre 2018
Dos Madres Press
New York, NY
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a leading voice of New Romanticism in the American Underground. His 15th book is a collection of stand-alone poems that combine to form a powerful portrait of a citizen, lover, family member, and seasoned artist. Blue Lyre will pull your leg and your heartstrings.
…comments about relationships, bar-hopping, and the creative process, are all tied, sometimes transparently, sometimes obscurely, to an ecological perspective. This is what gives the book so much unity and, dare I say it, heart.
…in multiple poems, Wright takes techniques developed by the New York School and uses them to infuse poetry with a resonant, resolute ecological mind..
—Jim Feast in Cafe Review
I emptied two magazines of my .380 PPK at Jeffrey C. Wright’s bulletproof poems, and they didn’t make a dent. A poet true to his word and the Word, Jeff takes himself as seriously as a threatened world of fragile humans will allow. He is lyrical, attentive, and gracious. He is also civilized: Sextus Propertius in NY.
—Andrei Codrescu, author of The Art Of Forgetting: New Poems
I’ve been a fan of Jeffrey Cyphers Wright’s poetry since the nineteen eighties when I first heard him read. He writes explosive poetry that always has a political edge. His new book, Blue Lyre, is a masterpiece and a must read for all his fans out there. Wright is a true original who has perfected his voice. His poetry is not only a record of our times but landmarks for future generations. Yes, he is that good.
—Hal Sirowitz, former poet laureate of Queens, New York
In the early 1990s, Wright invented “New Romanticism,” a poetic movement that is at once joyous, communal, erotic and spontaneous. Blue Lyre is, in a sense, the culmination of New Romanticism.
Sparrow’s review of Blue Lyre, “Slaying Dragons with Love” in American Book Review
Larissa Shmailo’s review of Blue Lyre in North of Oxford
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