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By Max Ritvo

Reverent and profane, unique and bruising, Four Reincarnations is a debut selection of poems that introduces an exhilarating new voice in American letters.

When Max Ritvo used to be clinically determined with melanoma at age 16, he grew to become the executive warfare correspondent for his physique. The poems of Four Reincarnations are dispatches from chemotherapy beds and hospitals and the loneliest areas in the house. they're relentlessly embodied, speaking discomfort, violence, and loss. And but also they are erotically, electrically attuned to risk and hope, to “everything residing / that won’t include me / into this sunny afternoon.” Ritvo explores the chance of loss of life with singular sensitivity, yet he's additionally a poet of lifestyles and of love—a cool-eyed assessor of mortality and a fervent champion for his physique and its pleasures.

Ritvo writes to his spouse, ex­-lovers, therapists, fathers, and one mom. He unearths whatever to like and anything to lose in every thing: Listerine PocketPak breath strips, Indian mythology, wool hats. yet in those poems—from the people that animate him to the inanimate sanatorium machines that remind him of death—it’s Ritvo’s susceptible, aching pitch of intimacy that establishes him as one in every of our best younger poets.

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