The book is also available from Small Press Distribution (Link). Below is the recent Publishers Weekly review of Northerners, as well as all of the back-cover blurbs:
Publishers Weekly. "This book will get a lot of well-deserved attention. A former public defender in New Hampshire and now a graduate student in Wisconsin, Abramson has picked up a very large following as a blogger and commentator, covering poetry, politics, and higher education, and generating a controversial, U.S. News-style ranking of graduate programs in writing. After all that, what's left for the poetry? Plenty: serious and ambitious, full of torqued proverbs and hard-to-follow advice, Abramson's own work shows a poet uncommonly interested in general statements, in hard questions, and harder answers, about how to live: 'Everyone knows what not to do/ in a dream,' he warns, 'and in a dream everyone has the heart/ to tell you who you are.' Waking life, he implies, turns out harsher, and stranger. Abramson's work as an attorney impinges on several memorable poems: 'the worst/ is meeting those people you know/ you can do nothing for.' American regions--the Upper Midwest, Boston, northern New England--also draw attention, and sometimes ire. Ultimately, though, Abramson's taut phrases show a personality, sometimes welcoming, and sometimes grimacing, at a tough, lovely, often inhospitable world: 'It is not too early for us// to turn out backs on the track,' he advises, before announcing 'YES--// there is no secret self--/ but still/ I follow it everywhere.'"
Cole Swensen. "From the first line of the first poem, this book takes us into mythical territory: mankind is walking backward, and it's back into the garden, yet this is not regressive, nor is it redemptive. A little later, an apple appears...Seth Abramson's genius lies in the ability to condense the power of our culture's founding concepts into their particulars, and then to show how those particulars are every bit as alive today, and as relevant. And he shows it more through language's muscle than through its meaning, for while he says a lot in this collection, it's the torque and snap of the medium, used as a material for art rather than as a vehicle for ideas, that keeps the reader on the page, becoming a part of it."
Peter Gizzi. "To reckon the currents of muscular energy in Seth Abramson's Northerners is to recognize that poetry may be located in language's minute particulars and in the local but it penetrates every thought, every atom of one's daily life. 'Finding your form/ is not a form of discipline,' Abramson writes. It is, as this book shows us, a form of wonder."
Don Share. "Seth Abramson's intricate, absorbing, and distinctive poems wrestle not just with language--much poetry does that--but with the objects of language: the events, landscapes, and weather that surround us and determine our lives. Dream-like, yet ever-alert, this work is memorable and illuminating."
Donald Revell (on my first book, The Suburban Ecstasies). "Working in the vivid, revivifying borderlands of such American adventures as Paul Metcalf's Genoa and Ed Dorn's Gunslinger, The Suburban Ecstasies propounds a syllabic heroism, one in which even the gentlest, most lyric proposals set forth towards ecstasy. These pages glow with immediate mastery."
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