Life as now experienced is largely organized, viewed and communicated using the language of computer systems. In American Software, Henry Crawford has created an original work reflecting the multi-layered, symbol-rich syntax of computer code with its abruptness and flow in order to explore work, family, culture, politics, war and death in contemporary America.Poems from the book
CW Books (May 5, 2017)
The poems in their genius are composed with a language that could not be otherwise, as precise as it is individualized, the outcome being a careful transcription of our lives as they really are, as well as an unforgettable and deeply moving artistic accomplishment of the highest order.
The human condition weighs heavily in these exceptionally well-crafted poems that explore American history, pop culture, sci-fi...everything about the book — organization, layout, cover, and especially the individual poems—rises to an impressive level of mastery.
Mr. Crawford's poems are inventive, uniquely well-crafted and felt...In the poem When [Box] Met <Diamond> Mr. Crawford ingeniously intertwines a dialog within the poem. This is hard to accomplish successfully, but he carries it off while also contributing to the dialog on the art of poetry.
Crawford’s work is gloriously original and heartbreakingly truthful...his is a luminous collection where the poet takes big chances interspersing mechanical detail, like mental notes, within the line...Crawford has a canny ability to get into the psyche of personalities.