Unchecked Savagery – Fiction – 2013 Ricochet Editions
“These miniature worlds celebrate the strange and the ordinary, burger shacks and full moons and a woman who has a crisis of faith over Soul Train. Glenn Shaheen blends the laugh-out-loud funny with a wistful wisdom so cutting you might feel a little bad that you laughed. ‘What children we are of disappointment and luxury,’ a character tells us, and the reader nods: disappointment in ourselves or our lovers or Soul Train, maybe, but never a moment of disappointment in these stories.”
– Caitlin Horrocks
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Predatory – Poetry – 2011 University of Pittsburgh Press
Winner of the 2010 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize in Poetry
Finalist for the 2011 Norma Farber First Book Prize
“Glenn Shaheen is claiming new ground for American poetry. His poems are about the nightmares of information overload, collapsing infrastructure, ubiquitous violence, and other ills of late empire. The subjects are not happy, but Shaheen’s clear vision and crisp—often witty—language offer the pleasures of surprise, discovery, and recognition.”
“Glenn Shaheen is sort of a genius at jimmying his spatula into the cracks of contemporary America—the places where the edges don’t quite fit together, where the not-so-funny throbs and baffles, a place where ‘the city grass is killed / by the same chemical in the water designed to keep / our teeth strong.’ And where a surgeon opens a patient’s heart and says ‘there’s a place a lot of love could exist.’ Shaheen’s comedy often goes beyond slapstick and the personal, into a realm of ominous narrative ambiguity that catches, in fact, the tragic nature of our time. Predatory makes a surprising and substantial addition to our literary tradition of the reckless, dead-serious-funny.”
“The narrator of these poems is subversive, vulnerable, maybe brilliant, seemingly offhand—he’s your best friend, he is what you fear. Each poem is thrillingly restless, yet the world revealed all seems so apocalyptically familiar, if you have been paying attention, if you have been even half awake. Predatory is a phenomenal first book—who knew a complete guide to catastrophe and mayhem could be so engaging?”
“Thankfully, in Predatory, Glenn Shaheen’s souped-up debut, ‘There’s a tiger behind every door.’ All the great American myths are present. Star Trek. Saran Wrap. The Rothko Chapel. ‘A Pfizer truck T-boning a gasoline truck / in rush hour traffic.’ This is a disparate poetry of local access, end of days, old junk, all the evil in the animal kingdom. And that’s just the start. Shaheen chronicles exactly how it’s come to this: our twenty-first-century global chasm. These are poems for those of us among the unelected. In these pre-Rapturous days, Predatory is visionary.”
Available at the following locations, or, preferably, through a locally owned independent bookstore:
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The cover features the fantastic artwork of Dawolu Jabari Anderson.