Results of the Yale Younger Poets Prize in the year 2001.
Playful, experimental, jazz-influenced, the poems in this book delight in sound and approach the more abstract pleasures of music. The poems range widely in form, from broken typographical fields to variants of the sonnet. Similarly, the poet’s subjects range widely, but most often he writes about music and musicians. Series judge W. S. Merwin praises Singer for his “roving demands upon his language” and “the quick-changes of his invention in search of some provisional rightness.”