The Currency

The Currency Press Release

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Praise for The Currency:

“Paul Otremba’s remarkable first book, The Currency, is an intriguing foray into lyric epistemology that tries to come to ter ms with the implacable, paradox-ridden nature of knowledge and experience. These are deeply felt, deeply meditated poems guided by a sensibility highly attenuated to the physical world. In their openness to friendship and love and in their fearless directness, they remind me of the work of Larry Levis and Jon Anderson. Like Levis and Anderson, Otremba promises to be an influential and important voice for his generation.”

—Michael Collier

“I have made a place, Paul Otremba quotes Mark Rothko describing his layered surfaces – which, like this poet’s, are both austere and lush, cool and soulful. These poems are exhilaratingly achieved, and it seems exactly right that Keats should be the book’s presiding spirit; Otremba’s poems are both suffused with feeling and everywhere marked by signs of a restless, shaping intelligence. The combination makes this work bracing, and achingly alive.”

—Mark Doty

“This restless, critical mind is informed by a kind of Keatsian disinterestedness and a proclivity for elegantly rendered physical detail that is reminiscent of Rilke. Through lyric meditations on language, visual art, and the particulars of memory, Otremba achieves an enthralling marriage of intellect and emotion in this accomplished debut.”

—Kara Candito, The Potomac

“Otremba’s are poems of rigorous looking. In most, a speaker coolly observes a work of art, a person or animal, the poems’ tensions emerging in part from the speaker’s struggle for knowledge and connection.”

—Bruce Snider, The Rumpus

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