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Selected by Mark Doty from over one thousand manuscripts for the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, Melissa Stein's debut Rough Honey is a startling, sensuous collection that examines the deep sources of art. These poems speak of fragility and power, the contradictions of pleasure, and the bruises we bear. With remarkable range, they carry us from a whitewater rafting calamity to the "torrents of wheat" on a family farm; from a peepshow's "manageable storm of boredom and sex" to a passionate fall from grace in an orchard. By turns buoyant and forlorn, Rough Honey's characters both long for and abandon the hope of true connection, of home.

From "Want Me":

Lemons crystallized in sugar, glistening

on a blue-glazed plate. The rarest volume

bound in blood leather. A silk carpet

woven so finely you can't push a needle through,

that from one edge is the silver of a leaf

underwater, and from the other bleu lumiere,

first frost on the cornflowers. A duet for cello

and woodsmoke, violin and icicle. Tangle of

black hair steeped in sandalwood, jasmine,

bergamot and vetiver and jewelled

with pomegranate seeds . . .

Melissa Stein's poems have appeared in leading literary journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2009, New England Review, and The American Poetry Review. She lives in San Francisco.


Rough Honey is the 2010 winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected and introduced by Mark Doty.

About the Author

Melissa Stein: Melissa Stein won the APR/Honickman Prize with her debut volume Rough Honey. Her poems have appeared in leading literary journals and anthologies such as Best New Poets 2009, New England Review, and The American Poetry Review. She has received residency fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Djerassi, Montalvo, and Ragdale, among others. She lives in San Francisco.

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Nieyda, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by Nieyda)
So fascinating to read a poetry book that's so varied, but still, somehow, very much one whole piece. There's a big range of forms here, including poems not in forms at all; some are narrative, some lyrical and mystical and abstract; they seem to be narrated by many different voices, and there's no logical progression in terms of the way one poem moves into the next... but still, the book feels woven so carefully out of disparate threads, and unified in spite of all its variety and surprises. Great introduction by Mark Doty in which he discusses this idea of organic unity (which he feels this book has) vs. imposed unity. Certain of the poems I just loved, but mostly loved the book as a whole for the excitement and strangeness and newness of reading so many smart and different poems braided together by themes and ideas moving under and across the surfaces of them.
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Stein, Melissa
American Poetry Review
Introduction by:
Doty, Mark
Doty, Mark
Doty, Mark
American - General
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
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Apr Honickman 1st Book Award
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