The Luckless Age

Red Hen Press — 2011

Steve Kistulentz’s The Luckless Age stands at the end of the nuclear era, bridging the Cold War’s age of anxiety and the false hope of “morning in America.” It’s a landscape populated by the forgotten and marginalized, reported from the mosh pit and the boardroom, the bedroom and the bar. Its voice emerges above the white noise of modern broadcasting to paint a portrait of America at once brutal, honest, and yet hopeful at its core.

“Sprawling and discursive, expansive as stadium anthems and forceful as everclear, Kistulentz’s poems have a hedonistic vigor of language and purpose.”
–Dean Young

“This is an auspicious and heartily welcome debut.”
–Campbell McGrath

“What a lush book, one that teems with life the way the Amazon basin does; there’s poison everywhere but vitality, too.”
–David Kirby