Aaron Kunin is the author of five books of poetry and prose, including, most recently, the collection of poems Cold Genius (Fence, 2014). Character as Form, a book of criticism, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He lives in California where he works as a literature professor at Pomona College.
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Aaron Kunin keeps me honest—his reading, the extremity of his intelligence, the radical rigor (and weird humor) of his poetry and prose. His learnedness is almost anachronistic and yet I feel like he might, except for his lack of cynicism, be my most contemporary contemporary. I look up to him. it occurs to me often to be grateful for his work.
Aaron Kunin, odd funny grim philosopher poet, brilliant and heartbreaking.
Kunin's Cold Genius tweezers deep feelings. It startles with pleasure and squeaks with pain through a relentless formal labyrinth. He is a master of the awkward sublime, poetry at its most clinical. I take pleasure in it, and that troubles me.
Reviews of Books by Aaron Kunin
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