Night Vision

978-1-58731-570-1
Forthcoming Books
Cloth $22
80 pages, 5½" x 8½", publication date: November 2016

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Night Vision

The New Criterion Poetry Prize

Foy, John

In John Foy's Night Vision, wars go on in the Middle East, violence is never far away, and the creatures of the field are “much the worse / for having been beneath the rotor blades.” Written in an uncluttered idiom, these poems, technically adept, play across a range of forms in a voice that stands out for its bitter clarity and directness. They are by turns contemplative and savage, invoking Meister Eckhart but acknowledging that “we die like dogs in the deep snow.” If they offer solace at all, it’s in a plainspoken, dark humor. The result is an emotional immediacy unique in American poetry.

John Foy’s poems have appeared in the Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Yale Review, American Arts Quarterly, Alabama Literary Review, The Dark Horse, The Hopkins Review, and The Raintown Review, among other journals and websites. He lives in New York with his wife, the Brazilian painter Majô L. Foy, and their two children, Catherine and Christopher.