We’re in love, but we’re still Millennials. / What’s wrong with our hearts is congenital.
Splicing Byronic rhymes and Auden’s meters with twenty-first century irreverence and the profane juxtaposition of a late-stage Twitter feed, the poems in Barfly, Michael Lista’s third collection, are alternately aggressive, humane, LOL funny, and raw with break-your-heart vulnerability.
Praise for Michael Lista
“Provocative and profound but eminently readable, Strike Anywhere demonstrates a critic of high order, unrestrained. It’s great fun watching Lista play with matches.”
“There aren’t many Canadian books of poetry that are anticipated with quite so much excitement as Michael Lista’s debut, which has been the talk of the town for some time. But the book outpaces the expectations even of those kindly disposed to it.”
—Quill and Quire
“Bloom is all one might hope for in a book of poetry: an unencumbered, nervy fusion of imagination and form.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“Lista has here brought together potent ingredients, at once harmonious and dissonant, in a container with metal enough to withstand blasts from poems being split apart and reincarnated.”
—Globe and Mail
“A brilliant, erudite new voice.”