I Don’t Know Do You


Named One of the Best Books of 2014 by NPR
Finalist for Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry from the Publishing Triangle

I Don’t Know Do You gives us 102 new ways to be brilliant in our failure. We also get love poems–to daytime fireworks, several feet of snow, and astonished frontiersmen. Montes’s poems unfold into unknowing, proving again and again that we can only underestimate our capacity for love and reinvention.

What I did just now was a trick
to get people to love each other
and eventually me.

It’s working even now.

It is.

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About the Author

Roberto G MontesRoberto Montes is the author of I DON’T KNOW DO YOU (Ampersand Books, 2014), named one of the Best Books of 2014 by NPR and a finalist for the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry from The Publishing Triangle. A new chapbook, GRIEVANCES, is forthcoming in 2016 from the Atlas Review TAR chapbook series.


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“I am obsessed with the concept of sincerity and genuinely believe it to be one of the most interesting and difficult constructs in contemporary poetry circles,” with Alissa Fleck, Huffington Post

“Mostly I believe that poetry serves to teach us about being a person by moving us beyond our person-hood. If you run screaming down the street the first thing people do is look for what you’re running from; a kind of drawing-attention by drawing-away I think poetry is uniquely suited for,” at Vouched Books.

Roberto wants to read you “A Love Poem in the Shape of Another Climbing Quietly Out” over at The Next Best Book Club.


ISBN:  978-0-988-73287-2
102 pages
March, 2014