GalleyCrush: Popular Longing

by Staff

Today’s GalleyCrush is Natalie Shapero’s Popular Longing, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press on February 16, 2021.

Perfect pitch: “With deadpan humor, quick turns, and blunt logic, Natalie Shapero’s third collection moves nimbly between the lines of power structures—linguistic, personal, political—to expose the loneliness of our contemporary realities.” 

First lines: “Six years ago, the big museum sold eight famous paintings / to purchase, for unspecified millions, / Gustave Caillebotte’s MAN AT HIS BATH.”

Book notes: Paperback, poetry, 80 pages. 

Author bio: Natalie Shapero is a professor of the practice of poetry at Tufts University. Her most recent poetry collection is Hard Child (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Her previous collection, No Object (Saturnalia Books, 2013), received the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. Her writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times MagazinePoetry, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Kenyon Review Fellowship.