is narrated by Paul Chowder—a once-in-a-while-published kind of poet
who is writing the introduction to a new anthology of poetry. He’s
having a hard time getting started, because his career is floundering;
his girlfriend, Roz, has recently left him; and he is thinking about the
great poets throughout history who have suffered far worse and deserve
to feel sorry for themselves. He has also promised to reveal many
wonderful secrets, tips, and tricks about poetry, and it looks like
the introduction will be a little longer than he’d thought.
What unfolds is a wholly entertaining and beguiling love story about
poetry: from Tennyson, Swinburne, and Yeats to the moderns (Roethke,
Bogan, Merwin) to the staff of the New Yorker, what Paul reveals
is astonishing and makes one realize how incredibly important poetry is
to our lives. At the same time, Paul barely manages to realize all of
this himself, and the result is a tenderly romantic, hilarious, and
inspired novel. Download and start listening now!