CRISIS INQUIRY by Tony Iantosca

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Crisis Inquiry is a collection of poems in three parts that unsettles the lyric poem from within its constraints in ways that are both sardonic and searching. These poems probe the corners of a crisis of inquiry both intimate and general, inquiring into the registers, rhetorics, and scales of the various ongoing crises we live through daily. Iantosca’s third full-length collection of poetry, Crisis Inquiry stages satire and candor as alternating strides of the same figure, walking to and fro between you and me.

"Crisis Inquiry still manages to be beautiful and playful even with its sharp critical edge, at each turn acknowledging and questioning what poetry can and can't do, what speaking can and can't do, to mitigate or mediate our earthly roles."

Anna Gurton-Wachter


Tony Iantosca is a writer, poet and educator living in Brooklyn. His previous books include Naked Forest Spaces (Third Floor Apartment Press); Shut up, Leaves (United Artists Books); and To the Attic (Spuyten-Duyvil Publishing). Recent poems can be found in a Perimetera Glimpse ofPeriodicities, and Second Factory, among others. Recent articles, essays and reviews can be found in Radical Philosophy ReviewIm@go: a Journal of the Social ImaginarySituations: a Journal of the Radical Imagination, and Tripwire.