THE ANCIENT BOOK OF HIP
is an exploration into the phenomenon of hip. It is a case study, a documentation, a journaling. Itís a bunch of poems about girls, sex, cigarettes, PBR, & everything else that is the world of hip. 90 pages in length. Out on Fourteen Hills Press, an imprint of San Francisco State University's creative writing department, November 18, 2009. The collection is the winner of the 2009 Michael Rubin Book Award, judged & selected by poet John Skoyles. Read a bit of the book in the documentation section of the site.
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SOME IDEA OF THE BOOK
"There is a real zest in these poems. They combine understatement
and overstatement to create a world of their own. The frolicking
language dealing with complex subjects results in a real poetic
tension and a new voice."
- John Skoyles, author of THE SITUATION & poetry editor of PLOUGHSHARES
"DW Lichtenberg writes poems that admirably resist the urge to
sound poetic. Instead, he mines the random, the banal - 'a mountain
of little not paying attentions' - for hidden moments of bright
causality. Whether riding the subway or 'talking shit about a pretty
sunset,' his is a highly entertaining new voice that will win you over
with its combination of disarming simplicity and incisive wit."
- Elaine Equi, author of RIPPLE EFFECT
"...he possesses a unique charm that attracts people who might otherwise not have much in common."
- Evan Karp, THE EXAMINER
"Adorable and heartbreaking and entertaining, just like your favorite mix tape (or is that playlist?) THE ANCIENT BOOK OF HIP elicits nostalgia for the now."
- Monica Storrs, SMALL PRESS DISTRIBUTION
"I'd rather separate myself from the twelve bucks than separate myself from this primal/childlike, evocative, annoying, endearing, quite possibly brilliant little book."
- Joni Rodgers, author of BALD IN THE LAND OF BIG HAIR