"Lennon gives a pleasant voice to this emerging genre."
"Lennon's sheer playfullness with form . . . wins us over. . . . This book's roundabout poetics hits the spot."
"Lennon's always capital 'C' City is New York, and his flaneur-like speaker haunts the Upper West Side with a calm belied by the above quote, like 'the entire sky revolving on the pin of the sun, revealing now serenity, now rage.' Carefully registering everything from 'Warm body air pouring from collar' to, when on an Italian trip, 'Bernini's fish-men tooting water from ornaments,' he builds this verse essay from the ground up."
"The most experimental of the books to have won [the AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction]."
"A book of lyric phenomenology . . . A fiercely smart, quixotic book that demands slow and careful scrutiny."
"What makes City so rare is that it is a carefully constructed, theoretically informed, brilliantly thought book with . . . heart."
—Hyde Park Review of Books
Though classified as creative nonfiction, City is an open genre piece that reads with the rhythm and beauty of poetry. Despite its sometimes philosophical core, occasionally pausing to ponder Kierkegaardian dilemmas, it maintains linguistic grace and self-reflexivity. City is a unique and unmatched experimental work by an emerging and sophisticated writer who is paving exciting new aesthetic and theoretical roads.
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