The Man Suit
by Zachary Schomburg
Paperback / 112p. / Poetry / $12.95
New York Public Library 25 Books to Remember 2007
Small Press Distribution #1 Poetry Bestseller!
The Man Suit, a darkly comic debut from poet Zachary Schomburg, assembles a macabre cast of doppelgangers, talking animals and dead presidents in poems that explore concepts of identity, truth and fate. The resulting body of work walks a dynamic line—often reading like anecdotal fables or cautionary tales in the form of prose poems. Through it all, Schomburg balances irony with sincerity; wit with candor; and a playful tone with the knowledge of inevitable sorrow.
Praise for The Man Suit:
“The often funny yet haunting prose and verse poems of this eagerly anticipated debut deal with the subtle and unexpected ways things can transform, usually just beneath an observer’s awareness . . . Schomburg may be one of the sincerest surrealists around.”
“Zachary Schomburg is a wildly imaginative poet who will take you many places you’ve never been or even dreamed of, always with grace and quirky humor. Whether you are caught in Abraham Lincoln’s Death Scene or the Sea of Japan, you are certain to enjoy the original vision of this highly entertaining poet. It’s a book like no other.”
“Zachary Schomburg’s ‘The Man Suit’ comes to us from the past but it is a thoroughly new book. It comes to us out of the familiar and it strikes us in the face with its novelty. You will recognize your own history, the history of our nation, the influence of Mad Magazine and Benjamin Peret. And underneath it all, and what holds it all together, however unlikely, is the deep and abiding love of the little things that make up our days.”
“It is a rare and fine thing when a poet momentarily affiliates his words and his cadences with the entirety of a world, thus freeing his poem from all burden of mediation, all transgression. In our own era, Rene Char and Pablo Neruda come most vividly to mind in this regard. With ‘The Man Suit,’ Zachary Schomburg, quietly but with deep conviction, begins to join their company. His book is a blessing.”
Zachary Schomburg is the father of 35 children, none of which are visible. They are very tiny and live in his hair. They are the ones who wrote these two books: The Man Suit (Black Ocean, 2007) and Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean, 2009). Zachary Schomburg is a girl. Zachary Schomburg is a refrigerator. Zachary Schomburg is a talking wolf and she co-edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books while living in Portland, OR.