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General Information

Name:  Daniel Borzutzky  

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Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Borzutzky teaches in the English and Latin American and Latino Studies Departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel Borzutzky is the author of several poetry collections, including The Book of Interfering Bodies; In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy; The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award; and Lake Michigan, a finalist for the 2019 Griffin International Poetry Prize. His translation of Galo Ghigliotto's Valdivia received the National Translation Award. He has also translated books by Chilean poets Raul Zurita and Jaime Luis Huenn.


The Performance of Becoming Human

National Book Award, 2016

Lake Michigan

Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist, 2019

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Selected Titles At Your Library

In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy
ISBN: 9781937658335. OCLC Number: 894937620

Nightboat Books. .

This book confronts the various horrors of our contemporary landscape through a poetry that literalizes violence, that seeks to find emotional connection and personal meaning in a world that is always exploding.

Lake Michigan
ISBN: 9780822965220. OCLC Number: 1030624985

University of Pittsburgh Press. .

Lake Michigan, a series of 19 lyric poems, imagines a prison camp located on the beaches of Chicago that is privatized, racially segregated, and overrun by a brutal police force. Thinking about the ways in which economic policy, racism, and militarized policing combine to shape the city, Lake Michigan's poems explore the themes of estrangement, state violence and capitalist exploitation, and take a hard look at neoliberal urbanism in the historic city of Chicago.

The Book of Interfering Bodies
ISBN: 9780984459827. OCLC Number: 694394451

Nightboat Books ;. .


The Ecstasy of Capitulation
ISBN: 9781934289242. OCLC Number: 105635040

Blaze Vox Books,. .

The Performance of Becoming Human
ISBN: 9781936767465. OCLC Number: 914445924

Brooklyn Arts Press. .

Daniel Borzutzky's new collection of poetry, The Performance of Becoming Human, draws hemispheric connections between the US and Latin America, specifically touching upon issues relating to border and immigration policies, economic disparity, political violence, and the disturbing rhetoric of capitalism and bureaucracies. To become human is to navigate these borders, including those of institutions, the realities of over- and under-development, and the economies of privatization, in which humans endure state-sanctioned and systemic abuses--Publisher's website.

Written after a massacre in the year 2018 /
ISBN: 1566895995. OCLC Number: 1192304372

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"In Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018, Daniel Borzutzky rages against the military industrial complex that profits from violence, against the unjust policing of certain bodies, against xenophobia passing for immigration policy, against hate spreading like a virus. He grieves for children in cages and those slain in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. But pulsing amid Borzutzky's outrage over our era's tragedies is a longing for something better: for generosity to triumph over stinginess and for peace to transform injustice. Borzutzky's strident language juxtaposes the horror of consumer-culture violence with its absurdity, and he masterfully shifts between shock and heartbreak over the course of the collection. Bleak but not hopeless, Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018 is an unflinching poetic reckoning with the twenty-first century"--