How to Dance as the Roof Caves In: Poems

How to Dance as the Roof Caves In: Poems

"Nick Lantz writes with elegant simplicity. Most poets take a lifetime to learn as much." —Linda Gregerson


I say I love and I love and I love. However, the window
will not close. However, the hawk searches
for its nest after a storm. However, the discarded
nail longs to hide its nakedness inside the tire.
—from "Fork with Two Tines Pushed Together"

How to Dance as the Roof Caves In examines America as it faces a recession of collective mood and collective wealth. In a central sequence, the "housing bubble" reaches its bursting point when, with hilarious and biting outcomes, real estate developers hire a married couple and other down-and-out "extras" to stage a fake community to lure prospective investors. In these marvelous poems, Nick Lantz describes the changing American landscape with great imagination and sharp wit.

Title:How to Dance as the Roof Caves In: Poems
ISBN:9781555976705
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    How to Dance as the Roof Caves In: Poems Reviews

  • D.A.

    This book, Lantz's third, will wreck you. It is scathing, sad, funny, distressing and enjoyable. How does he manage to cut so close to the bone and make it so eerily beautiful. "Start with what has be...

  • Barbara

    This book of poetry is truly compelling. Nick Lantz interprets the challenges, puzzles, disappointments, and problems of modern life in a style that is all his own. Although it can be a bit depressing...

  • Max Potthoff

    "Oh, it would be something to ride the bus / of my own body while a man on a PA / rattled off the trivia of my life." Firmly placed in post-Recession America, Nick Lantz steeps us in the sense of abun...

  • Julie Ehlers

    It's next to impossible for me to review a book of poetry--I have no language for it, despite having majored in English. When it comes to poetry, I'm looking for beauty of some kind, and I'm looking t...

  • Geneva Stewart

    A really moving collection of poems about the death of a partner intertwined with the death of an economy. It’s as witty as it is heart-wrenching. ...

  • Stephanie

    Nick Lantz is the coroner of poetry. He's exhuming loneliness in the form of spam emails. He's reminding us of the pressure of being full of the act of forgiving. He's telling the horror story of the ...

  • B.L. Aldrich

    I found this in Barnes and Noble, and, as I do with poetry, read its first poem. Impressed, I bought it.I never cease to be amazed and humbled by good poetry. My talents lie in prose, not verse, but o...

  • Amy

    Oh boy. Lantz writes metaphors and similes that bring you up short and cause you to stop, re-read and re-evaluate everything you thought you already knew. By turns romantic, witty and cynical, How to ...

  • Danielle

    The poem "How to Stage a Community" is epic, but the book lost a little steam for me thereafter....

  • Yasmin

    Recent purchase; loving it so far....