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Kevin Prufer’s How He Loved Them sets love in a fraught, paradoxical world where bombs explode, fields burn, and armies advance. With clear, compassionate eyes, Prufer finds powerful intimacy between fathers and sons, soldiers and civilians, the living and the (sometimes un)dead. An exceptional new work by a necessary voice. Praise for Kevin Prufer “...Poetry at full boil, poured with deliberate abandon.” —David Orr, The New York Times, “Ten Favorite Poetry Books of the Year” “...Prufer creates stunning scenarios that observe the world from surprising angles….” —Library Journal “...There is no other contemporary voice quite like his, and I believe that, taken as a whole, Kevin Prufer’s prognostic backward gaze may someday prove to have shown us where we were going before we got there.....” —Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review “Kevin Prufer is one of the most vital poets on his generation, saying important things about our culture in fearless, eloquent ways.” —David Walker, Field: Contemporary Poetry & Poetics “Among the best poets in the USA....” —The Notre Dame Review
About the Author
KEVIN PRUFER is the author of six previous poetry collections including the Four Way Books title Churches (2014), named one of the ten best poetry books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. The recipient of many awards, he teaches in the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Houston and Lesley University and lives in Houston, Texas.