One Sun Storm

Winner of the 2008 Colorado Prize for Poetry, selected by Martha Ronk “Endi Bogue Hartigan’s poems are enveloping: one is immersed in experiences of ice drifts, orange peels, and the striving toward a clarity (Let us be clear, one poem reiterates) that crystallizes and then evaporates. Subjects and objects are beautifully combined and confused through […]

Carrier Wave

About the Book: “This, Jaswinder Bolina’s first major volume of poetry, is a brilliant invention. With a delight that in no way denies the desperateness of the palimpsested circumstances in which the world is embedded, Bolina bears witness to ‘the crooning / of our life and times. // The compacted units / The impenetrable whole.’ […]

Frayed escort

About the Book: “Frayed escort puts a speedboat motor in the avant of avant-garde and immediately enters strange waters. Evading every opportunity to be obvious and tedious, the poetry somehow skips beyond even the need to be subtle: it is simply un­imaginably imaginative at every point. The writing is at once lean and fantastic, crisp […]

Whethering

About the Book: “In agile lines that canyon-open, exposing an unfashionable, edgy sinceritas, Rusty Morrison explores the intertwining of life and language in quiet, gorgeous meditations inflected by barn swallows. Whethering leads us into a shapely attentiveness to those particular others—human, animal, vegetal—that situate our affectual and perceptual experience and call us to find our […]

Goldbeater’s Skin

About the Book: “The poetry of G. C. Waldrep is a prolific liturgy, intense and conversational by turns. And the turning is telling; it comes round right. Bright idioms become bright branches, and the branches become the further architecture of Word. Christopher Smart and Hart Crane applaud these poems in Heaven because the Earth of […]

Chemical Wedding

About the Book: “These poems are unconventional, deep, independent, un-American, all-American, hip, tragic, observant, skitterish, critical, political, crushed, brushed, funny. It is the range of motion and emotion in them that makes them matter.” — Fanny Howe, final judge and author of Selected Poems, Forged, Q, One Crossed Out, O’Clock, and Nod “Chemical Wedding is […]

A Summer Evening

About the Book: “A Summer Evening urgently and beautifully explores conflicting circular and linear sensations of time. Embodying that dismembering dichotomy in undated digital time-markers–thus refusing to indicate whether we are, at any given moment, moving forward or backward–it compels us to leap to increasingly vertigo-laden temporal assumptions that, like some fraying net, tighten to […]