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No Matter

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  32 reviews
An urgent, visionary collection of poems from the author of The After Party

Jana Prikryl's No Matter argues for the necessity of vision in a time of darkness. Set in cities toppling past the point of decline-and-fall--Rome, London, Dublin, and most of all New York--these poems capture the experience of being human in the late days of empire, when the laws pro
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Tim Duggan Books
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Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, owned, favorites
This is one of the best collections of poetry I've ever read. They are by no means easy or accessible poems to read, but they reward so much on the re-reading. Digging into this particular collection forced me to read poetry in a whole new, almost meditative way. I could sit for a few minutes just thinking about a single stanza of one of Prikryl's poems. I re-read the first 30 pages or so of this collection more times than I can count, each time revealing something new and exciting. I also have ...more
Gerardine  Betancourt
Sorry but not for me. The poetry was a little abstract and difficult to understand.
Amy Bruestle
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review

I love poetry. The poetry in this collection is pretty good. However, it just didn’t pull at my heartstrings very much. Maybe it is because I have recently read another poetry collection (When You Ask Me Where I’m Going) that I couldn’t put down. It was incredible. Maybe I am comparing the two in ways that I shouldn’t. I am trying not to be biased in any way. Don’t get me wrong, this collection is definitely good...just not as moving to me p
Peycho Kanev
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry

Your friends of friends in the city
seduce each other in the strong light
of their ambition by reading long
chapters of long books to each other

not seeing, in bed with this poem
that two chapters want repetition
as though by the guy who made Rome:

You go Book I, II, III then II, III, IV
because the second night of his visit
Dido begged a redo and he did it

although if he glimpsed a new facet or
felt shattered to relive it, or bored—
her reaction tells us he said it
just as he’d said it the night before.
Emily Blachly
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am not an avid poetry reader, so this was just too abstract for me and I struggled to find meaning in the poems. I struggled with reviewing this book because poetry speaks to different people in different ways. Ultimately, though, it wasn't my cup of tea.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

First To Read
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
Not accessible or meaningful to a casual reader of poetry. And not exciting or challenging enough to want to know more.

My thanks to First to Read for a ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautiful writing, but I agree with some of the other reviews that this did not resonate as much with me. Perhaps if you are from NYC many of these poems would sing true
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started reading No Matter by Jana Prikryl not knowing at all what to expect. What I did not want was more poetry of heartbreak. I wanted poetry that worked with language not only to connect with the reader, but also to absolutely confuse them. Jana Prikryl does just this, and I cannot be more grateful for such a master of language.

I had picked this book of poetry from a selection of titles on NetGalley because of its description on the website: “Set in cities toppling past the point of declin
Madeline Brainard
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Pace: 10/10
Plot Development: N/A
Characters: N/A
Enjoyability: 10/10
Insightfulness: 5/10
Ease of Reading: 3/10
Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is my first review for NetGalley.
Poetry is an art form that many people don't understand. Here's my opinion: poetry is a celebration of language, and does not need to be understood in order to be appreciated. Only about one eighth of the poems were dissectible into clear meanings, but they were still beautifully written. There were some
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I enjoy poetry in its many creative forms of expression. Some is easily read, some takes some work to understand, and some just give me a headache! Unfortunately, for me, this collection falls in the last category I mentioned.

Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of this collection in exchange for an unbiased review. Opinions stated here are my own.

Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. I could appreciate some of Prikryl's clever language and there were a few poems that seemed to have some life to them, but overall I just found these boring and generally "trying too hard."

*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry

“Now begins to rise in me the familiar rhythm; words that have lain dormant now lift, now toss their crests, and fall and rise, and falls again. I am a poet, yes. Surely I am a great poet.”
― Virginia Woolf, The Waves

No Matter by Jana Prikryl is the poet's second full-length collection of poetry. Prikryl earned her BA from the University of Toronto and her MA from New York University. Her poetry and criticism have been published in a variety of publications and journals. Currently, she is a seni
It should be illegal to rate books of poems -- living writers get 5 stars, and flowers for their efforts. But I rank my laziness as a reader in this order:

1. Essays
2. Novels
3. Poetry

I come here to have it go over my head, then puzzle the incomprehensible out over screenshots with friends. I'm glad there are still new books of poems to be written about living in New York City. It's thrilling to not know, exactly, what something means:


I have a case

If you know the code
you can try it up to t
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
This poet is just not for me. I also read her first book and had the same issues connecting with the material. The poems in this collection are too private -- the language is distorted and chaotic in a way that seems to reference experiences unknown to us. I'm sure many of these word associations have meaning to the writer, but they don't translate to an everyday reader. The best poems were those that were more grounded, like the opening poem -- we have solid images and associations that balance ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
this collection was really impressive. it’s like a landscape where the medium is poetry. prikryl did a fantastic job of capturing urban environments, especially in the “waves” poems. not just the physicality of it, but the way people are here. her “anonymous” poems describing people were some of my favorites, as well. the circular nature of the collection’s structure was really effective in highlighting her keen observations. my copy had some confusing wording, but that might just be because I d ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 20x25-iii
My first encounter with Prikryl. The movement in her poems is fascinatingly disjunctive, urbane, and literary in a wary crouch. Her engagements rate her much more Bob Silvers than Ellen Willis; but she dedicates poems to both. Poetry, on this view, is highly exclusive which may be why the persons of this volume (each person a title repeated multiple times) seem a little like a clique. Or like a coterie, it's also full of mistrust. I long for the Long Island pastoralism of Frank O'Hara. But Prikr ...more
Amy Ingalls
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, giveaways
I won this book in a giveaway. This is not an easy book of poetry. The poems demand to be read and reread until the meaning is slowly worked out. Some of the poems resonated with me, and I thought they were really good, with clever use of metaphor. Others didn't really do it for me. My favorites were Got, Friend, and Snapshot. I also loved this line from Friend: I said the wrong thing again but really meant it. ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-read
I received a copy of No Matter by Jana Prikryl from First to read in exchange for an honest review. I can't really give an opinion on this book because I did not realize that it was a book of poetry when I signed up for it. I am really not that into poetry. I did not understand the book and found it depressing. But that is just me, no reflection on the author. ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading this I shared the experience of the poet:

off a stop early but no harm,
A pleasant walk. This is a different place.

The fragmentary observations and poignant visions in this book carried me to "the shores of speculation" (p. 15), but the riddles and shards ultimately lacked emotional power
Victoria Zieger
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, own, giveaways-won
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway. The poems were okay. I found some of them to be a bit repetitive and dense in parts. I think some of the poetry was a bit too much in the surface and not filled with enough depth or emotion. Some were good and interesting/ though provoking. This was just okay for me.
C.M. Crockford
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, women
Reviewing for Shelf Awareness
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very New York- perhaps someone more enamoured with the city would enjoy this collection. For me it was intelligent yet placid.
Oct 29, 2019 added it
Only read about half before had to return to library. Is poems
Robert Walkley
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn’t get much out of this book the first time I read it. But when I read it again the way Prikryl uses words jumped out at me. The Waves poems were my favorites.
Jessie McMains
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars? I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book.
Alexander Wilson
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I'm sure I would have liked this book of poetry better if I was a resident of New York City and was familiar with the region. ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This collection of poems brings cityscapes to life. Emotions and the nature of a city can mimic each other - who would've thought

The poems ooze the love the author feels for cities like New York, London, and Dublin. She doesn't sugarcoat them. She presents them raw and vulnerable. There is admiration and hate. There is praise and criticism. Prikryl does an excellent j
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-reviews
ARC won through Goodreads Giveaway

I wanted to enjoy this collection of poems, I really did, but almost all pieces seemed to be hollow and instead of substance it was overfilled with too many ostentatious words. One poem in particular did resonate with me titled "Stoic". I found it's simplicity and meter enjoyable, raw, and well written. The rest really came off as pretentious and abstract which forced me out of any enjoyment.

I don't think I'll be giving Jana's work another due to personal prefer
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I don't have words after this book. I connected with this book in a different way than I ever have and some parts brought so much emotion. I loved it so much! 5/5 stars because I'm speechless! ...more
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