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  • Paperback
  • 84 pages
  • Zero Summer
  • Andrew Demcak
  • English
  • 02 July 2019
  • 9781935402077

10 thoughts on “Zero Summer

  1. says:

    Poems by Andrew Demcak

    And a Stimulus from TS Eliot

    Andrew Demcak continues to blossom as a poet of note with his newest collection of pieces of imagination married to craftsmanship. ZERO SUMMER is apparently inspired or derived from the thoughts by TS Eliot’s Phrases from ‘Little Gidding’, one of the portions of his FOUR QUARTETS. Demcak divides this body of work into three sections, each reflecting a phrase from the quoted Eliot about those fractured moments in time trapped by circumstances, negating completion.

    Part 1 ‘Between melting and freezing’ contains some of the finest erotic poetry. In what is becoming a hallmark for this poet, these poems define lust, desire, onanism, finding and feeling and losing love affairs, childhood longings and memories - the sum of a sensual being. His range is from the lyrical (‘Vincent V. in 1993’) to the raw. In ‘Venus in Furs’ Demcak defines eroticism:
    the morning I bag his lunch
    while we fuck
    my spine flat on the ironing board

    inside the moon’s Valium
    he’ll feed
    lipstick into my incubator
    so my asshole
    will match Italian shoes.’

    Part 2 ‘…this is the springtime But not in time’s covenant’ offers Demcak the opportunity to share the struggles of writing poetry as in ‘Automated Response to Mark Strand’ :’…the poem is a permission/given away’, or in the stunning ‘Myself in Memoirs’:
    ‘I’m this close
    knee to chest
    visited by angry philosophers

    such news embarrasses me
    when training

    American lap dogs

    those boys awed by the rancor of
    slept-in beds

    however true to my journal:

    Then a few sticky peach peelings
    and moonlight
    on a dreamed-of ceiling.

    In Part 3 ‘…a bloom more sudden Than that of summer, neither budding nor fading,…’ Demcak delves into current events - tragedies, disease, social injustices, world events that seem planets away until he stirs them into spells for the reader. And he closes the collection with a moment of breathtaking beauty in ‘Moment of the Yew Tree, Moment of the Rose’:
    ‘wisteria spent itself completely
    your twin garlands
    over the juice pitchers
    the block party pissing its light
    into the grass

    young peonies
    frowning white
    the summer night
    behind ears

    no mistaking the tulips
    who wanted to kiss you
    waiting beneath cautious stars

    a lover folded like laughter
    in dogwood blossom
    mint and dirt

    your heart
    as sure-footed as rainwater’

    Imagery such as this and the countless other examples begging to be quoted from these fifty seven poems create such rich atmospheres of beauty and urgency and thoughts without horizon that them seem to be coming from countless fertile minds instead of just one – influenced though that mind may be by TS Eliot! Andrew Demcak has the gift and we are the richer for it.

    Grady Harp

  2. says:

    I love this book, it lets language lead with frank and richly twisting images. Love the title too, wish I had thought of it myself....


  3. says:

    I'm biased, because I've believed the author's a genius since 1995. Hopefully the rest of the world will catch up with me soon.

  4. says:

    These tight, little economical poems took the top of my head off! Every single one of them is sparse, powerful and breath-taking, seriously. I love the eroticism, the unflinching honesty, the lyricism. I am a poetry aficionado and was really impressed with this collection, having previously only been acquainted with Demcak's YA fiction. This is excellent poetry: expressive, well-crafted and delightfully compressed language. There is a unifying style here—unpunctuated, narrow and lower-case—that really ties this collection together. I can't say enough positive things about this book other than that it would make a great gift and I am thinking of purchasing another copy to give to a friend.

  5. says:

    Zero Summer is a brutally beautiful and honest collection of poems. Demcak’s verses have the feeling of wrought iron; they have a rarified quality. Always intelligent and provocative, the lingering after-effect of reading Zero Summer is that of a Cocteau denouement- a harrowing insight into the soul of the poet. Truly, Demcak is a poets’ poet. The darling of academia and the thinking populous alike, Demcak’s poetry has always been an IQ test; it is rarely appreciated by the uneducated or timid. His work has been favorably compared to Berryman, Plath, and Poe, and because of his virtuoso command of language, Demcak is considered by many to be the spiritual heir of Emily Dickinson.

  6. says:

    After seeing a few recommendations, I gave this a read. Although the book felt quite technically accomplished, I tired quickly of the book's eroticism, as I tend to in many other cases (Baudelaire and Verlaine, for instance). I'm all for lust, myself, but I think it's to be used more sparingly. All this said, the book's certainly worth reading, and when that's the case for a free e-book, why on earth not read it?

  7. says:

    the language is excellent, luscious even. I'm refraining from rating it, though. For now anyway.

    *edit* I'm giving it three stars. While the writing was very good, the subject wasn't for me. If I had read two or three poems on the topic, I would probably have walked away wowed, but in this quantity it was more than I asked for.

  8. says:

    In a 78-page collection, it should not take 15 pages to get to the first poem. I only read the first four poems. They were pretentious, negative, and sex/genitalia obsessed. Very disappointing, given the greater degree of innovation and depth of thought demonstrated by Demcak in his previous publication, Catching Tigers in Red Weather.

  9. says:

    I've said this before, I'm no poetry critic.

    But I like the way Andrew strings words together.

    Andrew's poems make me laugh, and cry, and rejoice in the experience of being human and living in this crazy mixed up world.

    Bravo, Andrew.

    Thanks for your honesty, and for sharing your experiences with me.

  10. says:

    Well-crafted, tightly written poems.

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Zero SummerPoetry Demcak continues to blossom as a poet of note with ZERO SUMMER, his newest collection of pieces of imagination married to craftsmanship These poems define lust, desire, onanism, finding and feeling and losing love affairs, childhood longings and memoriesthe sum of a sensual being Demcak's range is from the lyrical 'Vincent V in ' to the raw 'Venus in Furs' He offers the rare opportunity to share the struggles of writing poetry, as in 'Automated Response to Mark Strand': 'the poem is a permissiongiven away'and delves into current eventstragedies, disease, social injustices, world events that seem planets away until he stirs them into spells for the reader Andrew Demcak has the gift and we are all richer for itGrady Harp

About the Author: Andrew Demcak

Andrew Demcak* is an American poet and novelist, the author of five poetry collections and six Young Adult novels His books have been featured by The American Library Association, Verse Daily, The Lambda Literary Foundation, The Best American Poetry, and Poets and Writers He was a *FINALIST* for the prestigious Dorset Prize for Poetry, the Gloria E Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and also the Louise Bog