T O M T H O M S O N I N P U R G A T O R Y

 

 

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD, 2006

 

`Poetry, it seems, is often either funny or good--but very rarely is it both, as it is in Tom Thomson in Purgatory. Borrowing Berryman's linguistic inversions, and Whitman's mossy particulars, Jollimore injects a much-needed jolt of helium into contemporary poetry.` -- John Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle

 

`The Tom Thomson sonnets, in particular, are sad and wise and explosively funny in all possible combinations. So when was the last sonnet sequence you devoured like a bowl of Doritos? No, no, don`t apologize; this was my first time, too. Don`t take this book anywhere laughing out loud would be indecorous.` -- James Richardson, author of During

 

`Tom Thomson in Purgatory falls gracefully into the American tradition of the extended persona poem. . . .Troy Jollimore knows how to trot forth a character as distinct as one who might be encountered in sharply rendered fiction. . . .[A] superb collection.` -- Billy Collins

 

`Troy Jollimore writes a different kind of American poem: brash, funny, driven by the extravagance of dramatic persona . . . [A] snappy, entertaining book.` -- James Longenbach, New York Times

 

`An utterly fresh, original voice.` -- Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

 

`[Tom Thomson in Purgatory] deserves every prize available.` -- Aaron Belz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch