"The tension in Ed Pavli’s poems is a language-cable wrought to swing you out over unnerving spaces, let you see and hear what they really hold, and bring you back up more alive than you were before. Dialogic, dangerous, this is a poetics of body and soul, music to listen to with all five senses."—Adrienne Rich
"Labors Lost Left Unfinished perfects Ed Pavli ’s sharp eye for popular culture and history. This collection is like an alluvial fan that draws everything to a lyrical moment, to a reckoning. There’s a beauty embodied in this poet’s straightforward journey."—Yusef Komunyakaa
Ed Pavli is the author of several books including Paraph of Bone and Other Kinds of Blue, which won the American Poetry Review: Honickman First Book Award in 2001, Crossroads Modernism, and Winners Have Yet to be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway, an epic poem centered on the life and music of the soul singer.