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"Different poets possess different powers. So Lippman has eros and humor; somehow, also, he has a great, unfalsifiable affection for human nature. But his work is also empowered by verbal gusto, a faith in the joy of saying. . . . Full of exuberance and invention, flush with the stuff of struggle in the world, bright colored with mood, The New Year of Yellow is a defense o ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Sarabande Books
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Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
A friend of mine told me to read this book while we were having a discussion of Nick Flynn's book, "Some Ether." He said that if I liked that I would definitely like this.

As I began reading it (and throughout), I thought my friend was crazy. This is nothing like Flynn.

Partially because of that discrepancy, I thought that I wasn't going to like the voice at all in the first few poems, but by the time I hit "Storming the Boardwalk" on page 24, I was hooked. Many pages were folded over, many lines
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Richard
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
It's refreshing to read a book of poems in which the only trick is honesty. I'd rather read poems about growing up and getting fat and daydreaming about blowing stuff up than most other poems that are published these days.
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The poetry in this book is so real that I swear Matthew was just reciting it to me as I read it in my mind. The use of language, with ordinary slang and poetic descriptions kept me interested as the feelings changed per poem.
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Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lippman's still as brilliantly quirky as that time he through a banana at the blackboard in my High School. The poems ooze love, nostalgia, just the right amount of drug allusions, and all around good fun. I feel clean after finishing this book.
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Intelligent and funny. Compelling poems.
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Matthew Lippman is the author of three poetry collections, AMERICAN CHEW, (Burnisde Review Press, 2013), which won the Burnside Review Book Prize, MONKEY BARS (Typecast Publishing) and THE NEW YEAR OF YELLOW (Sarabande Books), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize. www.matthewlippman.com