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Swastika into Lotus
Richard Katrovas

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2016 • 56 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-608-1

Praise for Richard Katrovas “Tough, direct, gritty, full of wonder . . . there is nothing meek about Mr. Katrovas. . . . He sings with an authority that is guided by compassion, by an unblinking eye for what is beautiful within what is not.” —The New York Times Book Review

New Poetry

In Swastika into Lotus, Richard Katrovas, a “punk formalist,” casts a wary eye on poetry, poetry readings, higher education, the UFO cottage industry, organized religion, fine dining, climate change denial, and national right-wing politics. The book’s humor is dark, by turns self-deprecating and fierce, and yet many of the poems are unabashed in their assertions of both filial and romantic love. Heaving traditionally “formal” verse through a looking glass, Katrovas has produced a book that is not for the passive-aggressively “sensitive.”

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Dithyrambs is a quirky, spectacular monument.”—Sydney Lea, The Georgia Review

Originality of this kind is rare. . . large and ambitious. Katrova's Dithyrambs [are] bold and fascinating.” —Donald Justice

“Katrovas revives the choral lyric form of Bacchylides and Pindar, and, following Dryden as the single modern precursor, bravely explores the form's possibilities for late twentieth century verse. . . . [These poems] never forsake the pathos of genuine desire.”—Carolyn Forrché

From the Book:

Now older than their parents, I despair
When pop culture reference evokes blank stare.
I make nameplates on construction paper
And require they display them all semester.

RICHARD KATROVAS is the author of eight books of poetry, three memoirs, a book of stories, and a novel, and is the editor of an anthology of post-1989 Czech poetry. The recipient of several grants and awards, he taught for twenty years at the University of New Orleans and for the past thirteen at Western Michigan University. He’s the founding director of the Prague Summer Program for Writers.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:35:11 -0500