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“Sometimes your car breaks down in front of a gas station, and sometimes it doesn’t. Susan Wood works the lonely stretch of road that connects these two possibilities. It seems as though it’s always night in these beautiful, haunting poems, but Wood lights the landscape with her vision, her intelligence, and the fierceness of her love for everything human.”

—David Kirby


“The Book of Ten is Susan Wood’s fourth book of poems, and it is her best, which is saying something. If the truest poem is, at heart, an elegy, then the thirty-two examples here mark an advance in the capacity of poetry to work out and work through attitudes (perhaps beatitudes) of grief. It would be inadequate to read Wood’s new poems as simply beautiful lyric narratives—when they are totalities of feeling, moving between lament and wit with the skill of an imperative. Wood joins as much as she enjoins the reader to share in these victories of language over experience.”

—Stanley Plumly

“Susan Wood, as mature and unfrivolous a poet as we have today, has produced a collection that one might properly place in a line of literary descent from the confessional poets of the late ‘60s. She pirouettes around instance after episode of her soul’s trial, spinning elegant narratives and eloquent surmisals reminiscent of the best of English Romantic poetry.”

—Garrett Hongo


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Wood, Susan
University of Pittsburgh Press
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
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Pitt Poetry Series
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9 x 6 in

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