Publisher: Coffee House Press
Ted is an independent voice in poetry—brilliant, singular, and someone who has built an audience looking for work that couldn't come from anyone else. These poems lock on to the very concreteness of the world, and then spin away again—collapsing Euclidean geometry and the difficulty of a very small child shoving a block through the appropriately sized slot—giving them both a human touch and a sense of scale. The preoccupations of this collection line up nicely with what some of the most visible critics in poetry are focused on right now. Dana Jennings, Craig Teicher, and Steve Burt should all take to the work, which increases the chances of more highly visible review attention. Ted has already floated some interesting ideas for promoting the book (including incorporating it into a library residency in St. Louis) and should be an energetic supporter of the work.