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The Currency
Paul Otremba

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2009 • 74 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-89-4

The finely-sculpted poems of The Currency animate the world of art and architecture, from Caravaggio and Frank Gehry to the contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan and the filmmaker Jean-Pierre Limosin. Exploring such works of art for how they lead us to pause for thought and breath—how they infuse mind and body in equal measure, helping us keep and pass the time we spend—Otremba poignantly articulates the hues of familial life.

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“Paul Otremba’s remarkable first book, The Currency, is an intriguing foray into lyric epistemology that tries to come to terms with the implacable, paradoxridden nature of knowledge and experience… Otremba promises to be an influential and important voice for his generation.”—Michael Collier

“I have made a place, Paul Otremba quotes Mark Rothko describing his layered surfaces – which, like this poet’s, are both austere and lush, cool and soulful. These poems are exhilaratingly achieved…”—Mark Doty

PAUL OTREMBA's poems and criticism have appeared in American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics, The Kenyon Review, Lyric, New England Review, Poetry Daily, Tikkun and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has won scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship, and an Academy of American Poets prize. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Houston.

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