A poetic history of the twentieth century from one of our most popular and highly lauded poets a stirring, strikingly original, intensely imagined recreation of the most potent voices and searing moments that have shaped our collective experience
Xx is award-winning poet Campbell McGrath s astonishing sequence of one hundred poems one for each year of the twentieth century written in a vast range of forms, and in the voices of figures as varied as Picasso and Mao, Frida Kahlo and Elvis Presley. Based on years of historical research and cultural investigation, XX turns poetry into an archival inquiry and a choral documentary. Hollywood and Hiroshima, modernism and propaganda, Bob Dylan and Walter Benjamin its range of interest encompasses the entire century of art and culture, invention and struggle.
Both elegiac and celebratory, deeply tragic and wickedly funny, XX is a unique collection from this acknowledged master of historical poetry, and his most ambitious book yet.
Praise for In The Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys
A symphonic broadcast from the calamitous wonderland of a roving American self. Peter Moysaenko, BOMB
Campbell McGrath has long been recognized as a wild, exuberant talent a force of nature in the often decorous precincts of serious poetry. Kevin T. O Connor, Harvard Review
Like Whitman before him, McGrath encourages poets to incorporate the entire range of human endeavor and experience into themselves, until they are multitudinous, confident to confront anything. Kurt Brown, Solstice"