In Professor of English David Weiss’s new book of poetry, Perfect Crime, published in 2017 by Nine Mile Press, “a wry, humorous darkness broods over the pages,” says poet Rosanna Warren.
Warren calls Perfect Crime a “haunted book. In it one feels a pas de deux of despair and obliquity, of image and abstraction…Greek myths that thread through the book — Demeter, Andromache, Chronos, Kore, Echo, Hermes and the gang — imply a larger pattern of doom for humans — humans who have ‘expiration dates’ and are usually crushed in their passionate contacts with gods. In the face of such doom, the human exercise of consciousness, through language, is a brave defiance, that these poems act out in page after page. Perfect Crime feels like one long poem, a ‘highway / with no exit ramps’ and ‘no exits,’ coherent in tone and method.”
Weiss, who read from Perfect Crime on campus in November, is the author of two other collections of poems, The Fourth Part of the World and Pail of Steam, and a novel, The Mensch. He has also published numerous essays on poetry. He edits Seneca Review and has taught at Hobart and William Smith since 1983.
Nine Mile Press publishes writing and artwork from across the country, with a special focus on the Central New York region. Based near Syracuse, N.Y., Nine Mile is edited by Stephen Kuusisto ’78 and Bob Herz ’70, former editor of Seneca Review and the Hobart and William Smith College Press. Perfect Crime was designed by Joshua Unikel ’07, who is assistant editor of Seneca Review and currently teaches at the University of Houston.