Available from The Sheep Meadow Press.
Peter Hyland’s poems situate the inner life—desire, the longing to change, the thirst for love and company—firmly in the bewildering swarm of American life now. How does he manage to write such elegant and shapely lyrics and still include the “schizophrenic blizzard” of scrambled cable TV signals, the all-night fire of oil refineries, kids getting high to Nirvana, the J. Crew catalogue? Out Loud is assured and thoroughly engaging; these are witty, sexy, smart and aching poems by a passionately alert citizen of our moment.
Peter Hyland’s poems are both elegantly wrought and meditatively wild. They testify to an original, restless intelligence. He can cast his imagination into a woman’s dress, the mind of a grasshopper, or into the glass eyeballs of a buffalo head mounted on the wall of a home in suburban Texas to contemplate “man’s tireless ingenuity.” These are intense poems of great artfulness, and they make the central questions urgent and relevant again.
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