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The All-Purpose Magical Tent
Lytton Smith; Terrance Hayes, pref.




Nightboat
2009 • 80 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-9767185-0-5



“Smith’s debut shows imaginative ambition and rare internal variety, along with a tropism towards allegory. The title refers to the dazzling sequence—with prose poems... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

A masterful debut collection by poet Lytton Smith, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Smith’s debut shows imaginative ambition and rare internal variety, along with a tropism towards allegory. The title refers to the dazzling sequence—with prose poems, single-line stanzas, couplets and other unrhymed forms—in which an eternal circus represents all of humanity…The New York City–based Smith does well with the language that signals his U.K. upbringing: ‘in the centre/of the sheep-field lemurs somehow’ appear ‘at the lilt of the road This Roman road.’ Yet such scenes seem anything but antiquarian—they are fantastic and earthy, strange and inherited, classical and idiosyncratic, at once. Smith’s sequences have themes and forms rather than gimmicks, relying on imagination rather than on any biographical facts. His powers ought to help this book, and its author, last.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“…a subtle fusion of wit and whims.”—Mark Ford

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the PSA Chapbook Competition for Monster Theory (2006)
Winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize (2007)


LYTTON SMITH was born in Galleywood, England, and lives in NYC. His work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, The Atlantic, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Verse. A chapbook, Monster Theory, was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2008, selected by Kevin Young. He helps run Blind Tiger Poets, an organization to promote contemporary poetry, and Mystery Bench Press. He received an MFA from Columbia University. He is pursuing a PhD in English at Columbia University. Lytton is named for Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the Victorian novelist who first coined the novel opening, "It was a dark and stormy night."



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