In this inventive and powerful collection, Kleinzahler creates a new idiom for American lyric poetry that captures the swerves of contemporary city life. He pushes the language very hard to get there, and the results are breathtaking. Green Sees Things in Waves offers an angular, propulsive poetry that transforms character, voice, imagery, and setting into buzzing, glowing occurences.
"Kleinzahler is that rare bird, an unashamed experimentalist with the vision and confident skill to make American poetry new."—Clive Wilmer, The Times (London)
"Kleinzahler uses the medium to the fullest, not only in weaving the fascinating textures of his verse but also—like all epigrammatic poets—in getting the maximum out of the minimum."—Helen Vendler, The New Yorker