"His territory is [where] passion and eloquence collide and fuse."
—The New York Times
"Richard Siken writes about love, desire, violence, and eroticism
with a cinematic brilliance. —Huffington Post
"In the world of Crush, panic is a synonym for being: in its delays,
in its swerving and rushing syntax, its frantic lists and questions,
it fends off time and loss. Its opposite is oblivion: not the tranquil
oblivion of sleep but the threatening oblivions of sex and death."
"Crush is a wondrous, brilliant book. Richard Siken's poetry is
daring in its construction, graceful yet startling in its beauty,
and complicit with emotions and states of mind that would have
remained unintelligible without him." —Dennis Cooper
Richard Siken is a poet, painter, filmmaker, and an editor at Spork
Press. He is a recipient of two Arizona Commission on the Arts
grants, two Lannan Residency Fellowships, and a Literature
Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.