No Heaven

No Heaven

Reviews of No Heaven

Like the films of Godard and Rohmer, David St. John’s poems evoke cryptic encounters in an ultramodern, often European setting. The mood is one of pain, tension, and urgency, but there is finally the experience and the pleasure of what Mr. St. John calls ‘the most graceful of misunderstandings.

- John Ashbery

In these twenty-fine new poems, David St. John once again charts the experience and conscience of a generation finding—and making—its way through a disjunctive and fragmented world. Darkly elegiac and psychologically complex, these poems mark a startling and radical lyric shift in contemporary American poetry.

- Houghton Mifflin