No Matter by Jana Prikryl

No Matter

An urgent, visionary collection of poems from the author of The After Party Jana Prikryl's No Matter argues for the necessity of vision in a time of darkness. Set in cities toppling past the point of decline-and-fall--Rome, London, Dublin, and most of all New York--these poems capture the experience of being human in the late days of empire, when the laws protecting weak from strong are being torn away. Ranging from free verse through ...

Details No Matter

TitleNo Matter
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherTim Duggan Books
GenrePoetry, Own

Reviews No Matter

  • Maxwell
    This is one of the best collections of poetry I've ever read. They are by no means easy or accessible poems to read, but they reward so much on the re-reading. Digging into this particular collection forced me to read poetry in a whole new, almost meditative way. I could sit for a few minutes just thinking about a single stanza of one of Prikryl's poems. I re-read the first 30 pages or so of this collection more times than I can count, each time ...
  • Peycho Kanev
    EpicYour friends of friends in the cityseduce each other in the strong lightof their ambition by reading longchapters of long books to each othernot seeing, in bed with this poemthat two chapters want repetitionas though by the guy who made Rome:You go Book I, II, III then II, III, IVbecause the second night of his visitDido begged a redo and he did italthough if he glimpsed a new facet orfelt shattered to relive it, or bored—her reaction tells...
  • Gerardine Betancourt
    Sorry but not for me. The poetry was a little abstract and difficult to understand.
  • Joseph Spuckler
    “Now begins to rise in me the familiar rhythm; words that have lain dormant now lift, now toss their crests, and fall and rise, and falls again. I am a poet, yes. Surely I am a great poet.” ― Virginia Woolf, The WavesNo Matter by Jana Prikryl is the poet's second full-length collection of poetry. Prikryl earned her BA from the University of Toronto and her MA from New York University. Her poetry and criticism have been published in a variet...
  • Madeline Nelson
    Quality of Writing: 9/10Pace: 10/10Plot Development: N/ACharacters: N/AEnjoyability: 10/10Insightfulness: 5/10Ease of Reading: 3/10Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐This is my first review for NetGalley. Poetry is an art form that many people don't understand. Here's my opinion: poetry is a celebration of language, and does not need to be understood in order to be appreciated. Only about one eighth of the poems were dissectible into clear meanings, but...
  • Beth
    Not my cup of tea. I could appreciate some of Prikryl's clever language and there were a few poems that seemed to have some life to them, but overall I just found these boring and generally "trying too hard."*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, provided by the author and/or the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Abby
    I started reading No Matter by Jana Prikryl not knowing at all what to expect. What I did not want was more poetry of heartbreak. I wanted poetry that worked with language not only to connect with the reader, but also to absolutely confuse them. Jana Prikryl does just this, and I cannot be more grateful for such a master of language. I had picked this book of poetry from a selection of titles on NetGalley because of its description on the website...
  • K B
    this collection was really impressive. it’s like a landscape where the medium is poetry. prikryl did a fantastic job of capturing urban environments, especially in the “waves” poems. not just the physicality of it, but the way people are here. her “anonymous” poems describing people were some of my favorites, as well. the circular nature of the collection’s structure was really effective in highlighting her keen observations. my copy ...
  • Emily Blachly
    I am not an avid poetry reader, so this was just too abstract for me and I struggled to find meaning in the poems. I struggled with reviewing this book because poetry speaks to different people in different ways. Ultimately, though, it wasn't my cup of tea.Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
  • Kathy
    I enjoy poetry in its many creative forms of expression. Some is easily read, some takes some work to understand, and some just give me a headache! Unfortunately, for me, this collection falls in the last category I mentioned.Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of this collection in exchange for an unbiased review. Opinions stated here are my own.
  • Kathleen
    Reading this I shared the experience of the poet:Gotoff a stop early but no harm,A pleasant walk. This is a different place.The fragmentary observations and poignant visions in this book carried me to "the shores of speculation" (p. 15), but the riddles and shards ultimately lacked emotional power
  • Marci
    I received a copy of No Matter by Jana Prikryl from First to read in exchange for an honest review. I can't really give an opinion on this book because I did not realize that it was a book of poetry when I signed up for it. I am really not that into poetry. I did not understand the book and found it depressing. But that is just me, no reflection on the author.
  • Laura
    Not accessible or meaningful to a casual reader of poetry. And not exciting or challenging enough to want to know more.My thanks to First to Read for a ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • C.M. Crockford
    Reviewing for Shelf Awareness
  • Juli
    I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.This collection of poems brings cityscapes to life. Emotions and the nature of a city can mimic each other - who would've thoughtThe poems ooze the love the author feels for cities like New York, London, and Dublin. She doesn't sugarcoat them. She presents them raw and vulnerable. There is admiration and hate. There is...
  • Ashtyn
    Honestly, I don't have words after this book. I connected with this book in a different way than I ever have and some parts brought so much emotion. I loved it so much! 5/5 stars because I'm speechless!
  • J.D. DeHart
    There is a lot to love about No Matter. Jana Prikryl shares intimate and intricate verses. I love how sometimes the titles lead in as the first lines and how not all of the poems look and feel the same. There is freedom in these poems, as well as description and imagery.