Creative Writing

Everyone Loves the Situation by Michael Cirelli

Everyone Loves the Situation by Michael Cirelli, graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing at The New School

situationCover_variation_4_webPenmanship Books, 2011 Poetry. In this ecstatic third collection, Michael Cirelli once again flips the cultural zeitgeist on its (gelled and sprayed) head, as he deftly surveys MTV’s hit reality show Jersey Shore. In signature Cirelli fashion, he pulls off the unlikely: from defending the Guido and elevating Snooki, to reinterpreting the train wreck of reality stardom “to produce something vital and eye-catching and new” (David Lehman). His lines measure the bitter politics of subculture and assimilation, while finding a humanizing compassion even when everything goes wrong. These are authentically American poems for fans, critics, and even those who have never seen the pop phenomenon known as the Jersey Shore.

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