the lightning that strikes the neighbors' house (2010)

— Kevin González

These are poems about the real America: we’re not talking about rhubarb pies and picket fences, but of the beheaded plastic lambs at Noah’s Funland and the LSD-spiked punchbowl at the prom. Blending pop culture with history, dark humor with philosophy, and lyric intensity with a confident narrative voice, The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House adds up to be far greater than the sum of its parts. The end result is a wise, intelligent book that lingers long after being read, and which further proves that Nick Lantz—despite the lethal irony of his work—is a poet to be believed in.