"Adam Stutz’s poetic magnificence here lies in his agile sense of humor and his ability to isolate an idea or an abstract object and enlarge it by making it small. Thus, his poetry operates more like a microphone inside of a microscope. He scrutinizes the unscrutinizable and amplifies the sonic impossible. Stutz’s The Scales is an enigma of clever inspection, a language with its own esoteric musical scale. His poetry begs us to slow down when we move through life too fast, to zero-in the grandeur of insignificanceness when we de-accelerate too rapidly, and to depart from the modern mind a quaintness for lexical acuity. His work makes language glad that it’s still (very much) alive.”
- VI KHI NAO, author of Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016) and The Old
Philosopher (Nightboat Books, 2016)
"In 'The Scales', Adam Stutz carves his name into the desk, the cubicle daily matter of human space. Seeding the microtonal, pixelated dreamscape of the working drone with the precision of a miniaturist, Stutz labors to coax the thing from its thingness. Almost masochistic in its confrontation with our contemporary cultural anxiety, 'The Scales' tells us that, 'everything / just beneath the skin / feels like an umlaut.' This is a cool debut for our frenetic moment."
-James Meetze, author of Dayglo (Ahsahta, 2011) and Phantom Hour (Ahsahta, 2016)
by Adam Stutz
6x9 book, 88 pages
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Adam Stutz is the co-curator of the Non-Standard Lit Reading Series with Mark Wallace and Jeanine Webb. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in White Stag, The Cultural Society, Prelude, Be About It, Deluge, Dum Dum Zine, The Pinch, Where is the River, Ghost Proposal, and Cabildo Quarterly. He is the author of the chapbook Transcript (Cooper Dillon Books, 2017) and The Scales (White Stag Publishing, 2018). He currently resides in San Diego, CA.