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Poetry. "Demcak continues to blossom as a poet of note with ZERO SUMMER, his newest collection of pieces of imagination married to craftsmanship. These poems define lust, desire, onanism, finding and feeling and losing love affairs, childhood longings and memories - the sum of a sensual being. Demcak's range is from the lyrical ('Vincent V. in 1993') to the raw ('Venus in ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published February 7th 2009 by BlazeVOX [Books] NY
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Grady
Oct 25, 2008 Grady rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves brilliant poetry
ZERO SUMMER
Poems by Andrew Demcak

And a Stimulus from TS Eliot

Andrew Demcak continues to blossom as a poet of note with his newest collection of pieces of imagination married to craftsmanship. ZERO SUMMER is apparently inspired or derived from the thoughts by TS Eliot’s Phrases from ‘Little Gidding’, one of the portions of his FOUR QUARTETS. Demcak divides this body of work into three sections, each reflecting a phrase from the quoted Eliot about those fractured moments in time trapped by circums
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Diana
Nov 20, 2008 Diana rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it lets language lead with frank and richly twisting images. Love the title too, wish I had thought of it myself....


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Kaya
Nov 23, 2008 Kaya rated it it was amazing
I'm biased, because I've believed the author's a genius since 1995. Hopefully the rest of the world will catch up with me soon.
Peter
Oct 27, 2008 Peter rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Peter by: Grady Harp
Zero Summer is a brutally beautiful and honest collection of poems. Demcak’s verses have the feeling of wrought iron; they have a rarified quality. Always intelligent and provocative, the lingering after-effect of reading Zero Summer is that of a Cocteau denouement- a harrowing insight into the soul of the poet. Truly, Demcak is a poets’ poet. The darling of academia and the thinking populous alike, Demcak’s poetry has always been an IQ test; it is rarely appreciated by the uneducated or timid. ...more
Alexander
Nov 06, 2008 Alexander rated it liked it
After seeing a few recommendations, I gave this a read. Although the book felt quite technically accomplished, I tired quickly of the book's eroticism, as I tend to in many other cases (Baudelaire and Verlaine, for instance). I'm all for lust, myself, but I think it's to be used more sparingly. All this said, the book's certainly worth reading, and when that's the case for a free e-book, why on earth not read it?
S.
Nov 05, 2008 S. rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2008
the language is excellent, luscious even. I'm refraining from rating it, though. For now anyway.

*edit* I'm giving it three stars. While the writing was very good, the subject wasn't for me. If I had read two or three poems on the topic, I would probably have walked away wowed, but in this quantity it was more than I asked for.
Natasha Dennerstein
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Dennerstein rated it it was amazing
These tight, little economical poems took the top of my head off! Every single one of them is sparse, powerful and breath-taking, seriously. I love the eroticism, the unflinching honesty, the lyricism. I am a poetry aficionado and was really impressed with this collection, having previously only been acquainted with Demcak's YA fiction. This is excellent poetry: expressive, well-crafted and delightfully compressed language. There is a unifying style here—unpunctuated, narrow and lower-case—that ...more
Miriam
Dec 07, 2008 Miriam rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Pretentious creative writing students
Shelves: unfinished, poetry
In a 78-page collection, it should not take 15 pages to get to the first poem. I only read the first four poems. They were pretentious, negative, and sex/genitalia obsessed. Very disappointing, given the greater degree of innovation and depth of thought demonstrated by Demcak in his previous publication, Catching Tigers in Red Weather.
Beth Allen
Feb 08, 2009 Beth Allen rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
I've said this before, I'm no poetry critic.

But I like the way Andrew strings words together.

Andrew's poems make me laugh, and cry, and rejoice in the experience of being human and living in this crazy mixed up world.

Bravo, Andrew.

Thanks for your honesty, and for sharing your experiences with me.
Nina
Dec 30, 2008 Nina rated it it was amazing
Well-crafted, tightly written poems.
Clifton
Dec 23, 2011 Clifton rated it it was amazing
A pleasure to read, the poems in "Zero Summer" blister, bleed, and blaze with the brilliance of real poetry.
Andrew
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"Zero Summer" is a quote from T. S. Eliot 1 5 Feb 11, 2009 03:43PM  
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Andrew Demcak is an award-winning poet and novelist whose work has been widely published and anthologized both in print and on-line, and whose books have been featured by The American Library Association, Verse Daily, The Lambda Literary Foundation, The Best American Poetry blog, The Nervous Breakdown, and Poets/Artists. He was a *FINALIST* for the 2016 Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Ex ...more
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“my skin listening

still no accompanist:

I can’t kiss me!

and the sperm’s tempo
always insisting”
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