After nearly a decade, In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco, $14.99) marks a return for Campbell McGrath to the poetic forms that brought him national acclaim--lyrical meditations on American art and society by turns satirical, tender, and haunted by the merciless work of time. McGrath explores the intersection of the personal and the public realms of American culture like no other poet at work today. Whether he's documenting the decay and transformation of American cities, eulogizing Allen Ginsberg and Frank O'Hara, or rhapsodizing on the extramortal lifespan of books, McGrath writes poems of dazzling energy, intelligence, humor, and engagement. In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys is a collection of dreams, visions, jibes, essays, arguments, and love songs, each of them transformed into poetry by one of our most honored and entertaining poets.
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