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Publish Date: November 2014
You Must Remember This
BY Michael Bazzett
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A woozy logic dominates these poems: a heart can become a buzzing hive of bees, a rooster can trigger a series of bombs, a young man can embrace a city bus as his spirit animal. Yet Bazzett laces his poems with a dangerous wit. Your humor is deft and cutting / my fingers off one by one," as one poem puts it. Once dismembered, Bazzett’s poems can re-member us and piece together the ways in which we once thought we knew ourselves, creating a new, strange sense of self.
A meditation on who we are, who weve been, and what we might become, Bazzetts writing is like a note written in invisible ink: partially what we see on the page, but also the many dozen doorways that we dont walk through each day." You Must Remember This is a consistently slippery, enrapturing collection of poems.
You Must Remember This is the 2014 winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry — an annual regional prize, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation.To learn more about the prize and see other winning titles, visit our L&V Prize for Poetry page.
This title is supported by the Jerome Foundation.
“You Must Remember This is a book of unnerving wonders, one in which improbable events are narrated with strange intimacy, lucidity, and sly wit. But Michael Bazzett is much more than a writer of imaginative narratives. Somewhere beneath the surfaces of these wild and lovely poems, I hear the clashing of individual personality with popular myth. You Must Remember This is an amazing book, one that continues to whisper in my ear after I’ve put it down.”—Kevin Prufer
“Powered by the engine of the tricky dreaming mind, the poems in You Must Remember This are both hauntingly fable-like and delightfully idiosyncratic. Offering spectacular insight into the idea of longing for one’s own estranged self, Bazzett’s poems are as tragic and unsettling as they are compelling and beautifully precise.”—Ada Limón
“In this collection of dreams and dissolve, Michael Bazzett evokes the impermanence of body, identity, relationships, and memory. Rich in both metonymy and insight, Bazzett occupies a poetic space where clouds are human bodies, the earth possesses another earth beneath it, and we have not been ourselves in a long time.”—Melissa Broder
“Assemble life as you see fit and when reading Michael Bazzett know You Must Remember This becomes a document to living and testament to life. This poet is a guide.”