Long awaited, Routine Disruptions gives us Kenward Elmslie at his most vulnerable, most inventive, most autobiographical, and most lyrical. These new and selected poems gather together an often comedic cornucopia of Elmslie’s work: autobiography, visually-shaped performance pieces, and confessional love poetry. Routine Disruptions includes lyrics from Elmslie’s musical plays and opera librettos, along with his innovative poem songs. Elmslie offers his readers multi-voiced reportage of outer actualities, constantly challenged by the singularity of his poet’s mind’s eye.
“We find [Elmslie] employing the all-embracing urbane surrealism, spontaneity and wit of the New York School . . . and few manage to sustain his excess, scale and abundance while remaining so thoroughly poised.” —Publishers Weekly
“Routine Disruptions is terrific. There’s a lot of heart in these poems. . . . Kenward Elmslie tells the insistent tales of our tribe with great humor and seemingly endless invention. Routine Disruptions is that veritable ‘Voice of America’ we never got the chance to hear ‘getting down’ quite like this before.” —Robert Creeley
“Elmslie writes in living language, not unrecognizable or obscure, but like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.” —Rain Taxi