William Stobb has won acclaim for wide-ranging poetry that features tender realism, jazzy dissonance, luminous descriptions, and, in the words of Donald Revell, a "strange and elegantly accomplished serenity of tensions attenuated to their uttermost." The poems in his second collection, Absentia, see the big picture-the sweep of history, the ongoing evolution of consciousness, evidence of geological time in the landscape.
William Stobb’s poems attend calmly to a dynamic world. Nature, family, and friends are among the shifting systems where Stobb finds poems. His fluency in a variety of forms—from the measured tenderness of Jay Meek to the oceanic surrealism of Donald Revell—enacts the tension between order and entropy in the physical world we live in.
27 Of The Most Exciting New Books Of 2015Amanda Filipacchi’s The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty is an examination of identity and beauty set in New York City, where a group of artists struggles with the standards set by society. Two women in particular fear their looks will prevent them from finding true love — one is plain-looking, while the other is too beautiful — problems that are only complicated when they discover there may be a murderer in their midst.