Finalist 2017 Gerald Lampert Award
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Staged in an urban dreamscape, Players fuses popular culture with narratives about hand-to-hand combat, how to hustle, and high art. Taking lyrical cues from hip-hop, Nyman’s poetry bends genre expectations, unravelling with a flow that’s both unique and engaging.
Praise for Players
The reader of Players is often unsure of the rules. The poems are purposely shifty, but they’re also technically sound and sonically brilliant. Nyman’s forebears are varied—there’s late Ashbery here mixed with a vowel-rich Bökian twostep. His poetic also features the complex rhythms and polysyllabic internal rhymes of contemporary hip-hop.—Danny Jacobs, Hamilton Arts & Letters
His work arrives as an eclectic and intricate presentation. Several poems derive from Nyman’s conceptual poetics; cleverly assembled and dazzlingly effective.—Wally Keeler, Northumberland Today