“Inspired by that infamous city-dwelling poet Baudelaire, the 48 poems of Thompson’s second collection swagger, looking with equal parts wonder and spleen through the streets of New York….In the best of these, Thompson makes the awful beautiful and the beautiful awful, in the hope that ‘when / radiance comes we go / with it even if it blinds us.’”
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Tom Thompson is the author of Passenger, The Pitch, and Live Feed. He lives in New York City with his wife, Miranda Field, and their two sons. His poems, reviews, and essays have been published widely.
“[Thompson’s] poems are not bound by the constraints of realism or logic but live in that zone above the trampoline’s bounce, a place seemingly-but illusorily-gravity-free…wordplay and punning pour expertly from his poet’s cup.”
“The Pitch is finally an ebullient celebration, itself a place where the “looted images” of Thompson’s city and life can rise to amaze us regardless of their original homes.”
“Tom Thompson’s The Pitch uses the lyric’s music to propel the reader through his perceptions of the world and identity…”
“Before the sum of the parts of the city can equal the limits of location (here defined by concrete, water towers and rooftops), Tom Thompson’s poems pull the speaker back out of the crowd. The Pitch is located in the moments where atmosphere ends and subjectivity begins. Here the ‘not quite’ occupies space and all notions of urban are disallowed from overtaking the landscape. This collection is an astonishing experience that turns a room into an everywhere. The book is exquisite and luxurious and mysterious.”
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