In "This" Americana, Crisler L. Crisler out-schools every school of American poetry in this new book that is formally diverse and attractively multi-voiced. But in all of these odes, elegies, litanies, and contrapuntal clap-backs, there is a commitment to exploring the vernacular that keeps his "This" Amer-ican-ah a book that sounds much more like an intimate conversation between too long lost brothers. Or, as Crisler himself puts it, "...You bend words into lives that / live. Most get grounded. Some take sky."
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