Eric Linsker is a social worker at the Center for Urban Community Services. His first book, La Far, won the Iowa Poetry Prize.
"Linsker's poems examine the world's movement, language and identity in the internet era with a craft that is original and unnerving."—Publishers Weekly
"This book thinks the open, enlivened by material urgency, met in verse sounded through the long Western romantic torrent of enclosure, verdure, slaughter and soul. How its honeyed years are built in other's blood. Open against privation's time. Open into an earth made of anguish named a 'garden.' Thus to open heaven, to open like a broken heart is open—open out."—Dana Ward
"Eric Linsker knows that poetry has an unavoidable politics, that there is no way it can be otherwise. And yet he also knows that poetry's powers often come from glancing at the huge, such as the deaths that resulted from the protests around the building of the power plant in Dongzhou, and yet in the next moment wandering away to notice something quiet about sparrows, something about how they peck at frozen water. So he has written La Far, a book that dwells in muted devotion, that resonates from a willingness to wander both toward and away, often at the same time."—Juliana Spahr
"Linsker's poems splice and complicate realms and modes and sensory domains with wit and acute musical edgework. They are deeply, quixotically enjoined in the hard and essential 'grief of eternal joy.'"—Emily Wilson
"One of the most vise-like poems I have ever encountered is 'We're So Social Now.' You need to read the whole poem to understand how its grip works. In six pages of glitch, you will construct a kind of social coherence; you'll 'gang narrate,' as Linsker might say. While the poem shows sense-making at its most basic, it also (and I think this is the real achievement) enacts the web's peculiar sociality of nearing farness and far nearness. The poem has something of the cover photograph's uncanniness, its sense of wireless intimacy mingled with the impersonal solipsism of the screen-grab. To look is to flatten one world against another. And against her gesture—keep your distance—I keep looking."—Callie Garnett, Public Books
"La Far stands as a lasting poetic landmark."—Connor Fisher, 32 Poems