Books

The Interrogation – (Milkweed Editions, 2017)

“Michael Bazzett’s staggering new collection, The Interrogation, is the record of a poet curious about, and in dialogue with, absolutely everything. An island paradise? “No stallion land, / but good for goats.” Death? “A hole behind him / in the exact shape of his life.” If poems are buildings erected to house our wonder, then Bazzett has gifted us a metropolis—one teeming with life and endlessly hospitable to visitors. We are the beneficiaries of such good fortune, this generous making.” -Kaveh Akbar

“In The Interrogation Bazzett establishes himself a keen questioner of the eye and ear; a poet fully able to construct and inhabit this world, and those beyond, through lush aural and visual engagement. With the lyrical dexterity and sonic authority of a master craftsman, Bazzett gleans epistemic truths from both natural and preternatural sources and delivers crisp, unforced poems of sheer beauty. Readers will find themselves rapt by Bazzett’s audacious and perfect storm of song, symbol and earnest sight.” – Airea D. Matthews

“Our lives are interrogated by strangeness in this brilliant collection by Bazzett, his best yet. From the moment a city dissolved in the speaker’s absence, I knew this book was something special, and how special it is to read the record of Bazzett’s keen looking and bizarro dreaming. I didn’t know I wanted poems about moles being comets or pubic hair performance artists, but I did. I needed this book. I needed to laugh and wonder and wince and gasp. I needed to see all this glorious seeing. You need this book too. You need to walk through Bazzett’s funhouse and let these mirrors do their alchemy on you.” – Danez Smith

“His works are often reminiscent of Russell Edson, bizarre poems that feature malevolence and a chilling atmosphere balanced by humor and twisted logic.” – Read more at Publisher’s Weekly 

“Like any good surrealist, Bazzett uses laserlike precision to craft his images.” –  Read more at Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

 

Our Lands Are Not So Different – (Horsethief Books, 2017)

In Our Lands Are Not So Different, Michael Bazzett’s second collection, Bazzett follows his distinct voice—nonchalant, urbane, and recklessly sardonic—toward a place wedged between the embarrassment of carnality and the inadequacy of civility. In its endless desire to find kinship and understanding—not only with an other but also with itself—Our Lands… asks what to do when the part of the self that feels most estranged is the part of the self that feels most authentic.

“Elegant mischief.” – Lee Sharkey

“Bazzett’s poems. . .do the necessary and paradoxical work of making us laugh at our terrors and shudder at our joys.” – Read more at The American Literary Review

 

 

You Must Remember This – (Milkweed Editions, 2014)

The debut full-length collection.  Winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry.

“Bazzett delivers a debut collection whose mercurial sensibility and loose-woven free verse place him somewhere between Robert Hass and Patricia Lockwood. His pages stand out, amid so many other mildly quirky or eccentric first books, because their verse comes closer than most to presenting real people in his imagined world. Strange events—part charm, part menace—take place throughout. Like Hass, he can veer into a confessional mode and then pull knowingly out. Yet his collection is never slowed down by self-consciousness: instead, it’s entertaining in its sadness, off-kilter, and defiantly hard to explain.” – Read more at Publishers Weekly

“I know we reviewers aren’t supposed to give away review copies, but that student needed the book right then and there. Poems like this, sometimes, can’t wait to be read.” – Read more at The Rumpus

“You Must Remember This is one of the most exciting debuts I’ve read in some time.” – Read more at Green Mountains Review

“Bazzett has created a pop-up book of his dream journal…” – Read more at The Literary Review

“The book rewards the reader with strange and heartbreaking moments that resonate with a profundity just beyond the reach of explanation.” – Read more at the Minneapolis Star Tribune

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The Imaginary City – (OW! Arts, 2012)

The chapbook. Now in its second printing.

“When I read the first few lines of Michael Bazzett’s Imaginary City, I thought, ‘There’s no way he can keep this up for the entire poem.’ He did. After finishing the first three poems, I muttered aloud, ‘But it can’t stay this good for the entire book.’ It did.” – Read more from Jamaal May

“Absurdity so smart and cutting that the reader trusts the voice and comes away rattled, even delighted.” – Read more from Lauren Hilger