Jana Prikryl’s The After Party journeys across borders and eras, from cold war Central Europe to present-day New York City, from ancient Rome to New World suburbs, constantly testing the lingua francas we negotiate to know ourselves. These poems disclose the tensions in our inherited identities and showcase Prikryl’s ambitious experimentation with style.
“Thirty Thousand Islands,” the second half of the collection, presents some forty linked poems that incorporate numerous voices. Rooted in one place that fragments into many places—the remote shores of Lake Huron in Canada, a region with no natural resources aside from its beauty—these poems are an elegy that speaks beyond grief.
Penetrating, vital, and visionary, The After Party marks the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.
Rating: 5 stars
The After Party (Poems) by Jana Prikryl is a collection of poems that will knock readers off their feet and into the book. Traveling to explore, feel, and loose one’s self in words so masterfully written. Jana Prikryl’s talent shines forth on every page. The work is highly engaging and addictive. I easily finished reading this wonderful collection of poetry under an hour. Each poem has its say and will win over readers instantly. Truly an enjoyable array of words for all. Entertaining, refreshing, and stunning. The After Party (Poems) is a book all will be talking about for a long time to come. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.