NO FARTHER THAN THE END OF THE STREET by Benjamin Niespodziany
Nothing within the pages of Benjamin Niespodziany's debut, full-length collection, NO FARTHER THAN THE END OF THE STREET, happens outside the confines of a single neighborhood block. Every word inside this book takes place in the young couple's home or on the front lawn or in the backyard or just down the way at a neighbor's house, but never do the poems stray beyond where the street ends. If you notice any of the characters tiptoeing where they don't belong, please be sure to let the author know for this is a contained space for the author and his poems to play.
THIS BOOK INCLUDES:
Candles and sweaters.
Whales and horses.
Ghosts and eels.
A parrot, a toucan, a stork.
A sloth and a loft of owls.
A chainsaw and a snow blower.
Clown shoes and magic carpets.
Fine churchgoing people.
Rats. So many rats.
Clouds. So many clouds.
Advance Praise for NO FARTHER THAN THE END OF THE STREET:
“If you take a short walk at just the right time in just the right light, you can see all sorts of tiny, astonishing things. This book, NO FARTHER THAN THE END OF THE STREET, is like that. I can’t stop staring.” – Daniel Handler, author of WE ARE PIRATES and BOTTLE GROVE, and as Lemony Snicket, A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
“Benjamin Niespodziany shows us how poetry can live inside the Nonstop! No breaks, not a single pause; one page gets us turning to the next in this brilliant and wildly inventive book! The kind of weird home I want for all poems, where we most unexpectedly and very gratefully learn the smell of melancholy.” – CAConrad, author of AMANDA PARADISE and THE BOOK OF FRANK
“Have you ever returned somewhere, somewhere you’ve been before, only to notice it is different? This object, somewhat askew, but not by much. That person, of course, their name is the same it’s always been. And it goes on like this, this noticing, & it turns not into a place you've returned to, but rather a place you've never left. Have you ever done that? Don’t answer until you’ve read Niespodziany's NO FARTHER THAN THE END OF THE STREET.” – Dalton Day, author of EXIT, PURSUED and SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE
“Benjamin Niespodziany’s poems are intertwined lullabies written for the Theater of the Absurd, but think of it as being on the lawn, where things are meant to mean something, even though they don't. His book is like a weird diorama built by Edson, Beckett, Deren, and Devo where Ben gets to playfully, menacingly even, move the people around the flowers and the lawn equipment. Sweet and deadly, each poem is a little cupcake, your cupcake, for the whale.” – Zachary Schomburg, author of MAMMOTHER and FJORDS VOL. 1 & 2