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A Million in Prizes
Justin Marks



First Book

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2009 • 65 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-81-4



“the book distinguishes itself from other debuts in that it doesn’t seem like a first attempt. It's all killer, no filler. The maturity of voice... [continued in Reviews below]”—Dan Brady, Barrelhouse

Reviews / Endorsements

“. . . the book distinguishes itself from other debuts in that it doesn’t seem like a first attempt. It's all killer, no filler. The maturity of voice is evidence that Marks has been writing poems for a long time and will continue long after this collection; A Million in Prizes is a snapshot of what he’s been up to lately.”—Dan Brady, Barrelhouse

“'I wake, my not-yet-self / projecting back on the life I rise into.' That’s but one example of the kind of logic (and syntax) that informs the poems of A Million in Prizes, a logic that often resists initial sense, only to reward with a clarity and maturity of insight that make these poems more powerful—more persuasive—with each reading. It’s as if Justin Marks had mad a sort of Möbius Strip out of sense and an uneasiness with it, where it becomes difficult to know exactly where one begins and the other ends.

Another Möbius Strip here: the one that’s made from a seeming detachment and a fierce compassion for life in all of its ephemeral ordinariness, what can suddenly resonate where least expected. Salinger, O'Hara, Baudelaire all come to mind, but finally the voice and sensibility here, like the poems themselves, are utterly Justin Mark's own. A Million in Prizes seduces in the best way: subtly, with a poignant wit, and a sly charm.”—Carl Phillips

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the New Issues Prize (2008)


JUSTIN MARKS is the author of A Million in Prizes, winner of the 2998 New Issues Poetry Prize. His latest chapbook is Voir Dire (Rope-a-Dope Press, 2009). New poems are forthcoming in The Agricultural Reader, Handsome, Harp & Altar and Sink Review. He is the founder and Editor of Kitchen Press Chapbooks and lives in New York City with his wife and their infant son and daughter.



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