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One Person Holds So Much Silence

The bizarre and intimate poems in David Greenspan's One Person Holds So Much Silence represent one of the most stunning appeal to the mysteries and anxieties of the human body in poetics today.

"Flush with grief, insistent in its longing, at times flashing with anger, the language of David Greenspan's poems—so exact, so exacting—propels the reader into all the open astonishment that the Ordinary affords us. What more could we ask of poetry than that?"

— Richard Deming, Director of Creative Writing at Yale University

"In this visceral and powerful debut, David Greenspan exposes a world within the world we inhabit, one full of histories often left unspoken. But this is not a book simply about despair or grief; instead, Greenspan masterfully turns elegy into ode, a story of one still standing after a storm of 'inaccurate weather.' One Person Holds So Much Silence asks what it means to inhabit a body and what it means to live a life that unfolds in unexpected ways. It’s a stunning collection that continues to open through each subsequent reading, a collection that I think about as I make my way through a fractured world that begins to make more sense because of these impressive and carefully wrought poems."

— Adam Clay, author of To Make Room for the Sea

Cover Artist: Reijer Stolk

Cover Designer: Sally Franckowiak

David Greenspan is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi and earned an MFA in Poetry from UMass Amherst. While in his MFA, David won a Best New Poets Prize, was a finalist for an Academy of American Poets Prize (judged by Bianca Stone), and served as a Promotion Editor at Slope Editions. His poems have appeared, or will soon, in places like Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, DIAGRAM, Prelude, Sleepingfish, and others.

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