Model of a City in Civil War, a book of poems, is available now from Sarabande Books and other retailers.
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– Kathleen Graber, author of The Eternal City
“In his haunting debut collection, Adam Day weaves a detailed surrealistic landscape ruled by harsh seasons and harsher happenings. Often rendered in imagistic micro-vignettes and character studies, these poems arrive both as urgent cautionary dispatches from a parallel world and reminders of the brutal and too-familiar events and absurdities of our own. . . . What seems at first glance to be a view into a wholly other realm steadily becomes a shockingly timely, searing meditation on human nature as it manifests itself in our daily lives and public history.”» Read more about: Kathleen Graber »
– Bruce Smith, author of Devotions
“These poems have great range, great texture, and great unpredictable pleasures. It’s unusual for a first book to extend the repertoire of what can be done in a poem, but Model of a City in Civil War does exactly that.”» Read more about: Bruce Smith »
Publishers Weekly (April, 2015)
“Day navigates the tensions between breadth and precision, and between the historical and the personal, in his excellent debut collection. Through a range of forms, he creates a liminal space wherein references to strange historical anecdotes share a stage with more introspective and personal utterances. Through this balancing act, what seems remote becomes highly accessible and mysteriously familiar…In the process of weaving his materials together, he draws his readers into a sort of collective memory,» Read more about: Publishers Weekly »
"As Day’s poems gather, taking stock, making inventory, he reveals the fundamental paradox of his method: familiarity crossed with estranging clarity produces, in the hands of this fine new poet, an eerie intensity and a distinguishing grace."
– David Baker, author of Never-Ending Birds
“Adam Day’s debut volume of poetry bucks the current pandemic of terminal irony, but does so with alertness to paradox and mystery–those things irony becomes when it grows up. In varied formal moves and unified tone, Day reminds us how rewarding serious poetry can be and how much we have missed it.”
“As Day’s poems gather, taking stock, making inventory, he reveals the fundamental paradox of his method: familiarity crossed with estranging clarity produces,» Read more about: David Baker »