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Left Bank Books welcomes National Book Award and Pulitzer Finalist Adrian Matejka, who will discuss his new poetry collection, Somebody Else Sold the World, on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on July 6 for the LAUNCH EVENT. Matejka will be in conversation with award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil and award-winning Washington University alum and Slam Poet Paul Tran. Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of Somebody Else Sold the World from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores! About Somebody Else Sold the World A resonant new collection on love and persistence from the author of The Big Smoke, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize The poems in Adrian Matejka's newest and fifth collection, Somebody Else Sold the World, meditate on the ways we exist in an uncontrollable world: in love and its aftermaths, in families that divide themselves, in protest-filled streets, in isolation as routines become obsolete because of lockdown orders and curfews. Somebody Else uses past and future touchstones like pop songs, love notes, and imaginary gossip to illuminate those moments of splendor that persist even in exhaustion. These poems show that there are many possibilities of brightness and hope, even in the middle of pandemics and revolutions. "No poem exists in a vacuum, just like no person does. This collection uses elements like love notes, gossip, even pop music to illuminate the ways we remain connected, even amidst revolution and isolation." --Good Housekeeping "With blazing virtuosity, Matejka returns in prime form for a wildly syncopated romp--ballasted with earth and music and bombast--serving all the right notes. These poems slyly sit at the intersection of revelation and delicious formal audacity, 'magnificent & stark inside the addendum, like a big breath exhaled through the best part of a question mark.'" --Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders "Adrian Matejka's muscular and mellif
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