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ISBN: 9781556594779
Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 28th, 2015

Richard Siken's "War of the Foxes" is a book of poetry about painting. I know what you're thinking - Pretentious? No. Boring? No. The collection is kept afloat by an insistent, darkly humorous voice which balances the often-brooding ruminations on the nature of art and representation. "I cut off my head and threw it on the ground...My head just sat there. Fair enough." With lines like that, it's hard not to laugh.

Gallows-esque humor with an eye for landscapes and ekphrasis. Highly recommended.