Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the 2009 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, selected by Dan Chiassonn
From "The Above Song":
Foie gras has been outlawed. So has gravitas,
faux grass, middle class. Soon: the past.
Julia Story lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
"A voice distinctly human, frighteningly so, is what we encounter in Julia Story's Post Moxie
, winner of the 2009 Kathryn A. Morten Prize in Poetry. Her poems read like missives from the front line of existence, and they've arrived to tell us it's wicked out there. Yet, these poems, striking and strange in both content and form, remind us of the many ways a thing can be beautiful. What's most beautiful about them is their sound, her attention to the subtle textures of our language. Story's ear is first-rate. The lines, most of them haunting, beg to be read aloud."
Ryan Vine, Star Tribune
"Poems that think this carefully and provocatively about themselves are scarce. But that's no reason to read a person's poems. The misery and the total enchantment of being alive, of being a complex person, mysterious even to oneself, and of feeling like a cliché, of drawing from art and despising art, of thinking simultaneously 'fuck this' and 'bring me more'that's what got put into this book, and that's what we get out of it."
Winner of the 2009 Kathryn A. Morton Prize, selected by Dan Chiasson.
About the Author
Julia Story's childhood in Indiana was full of pets, grass, books, and Presbyterians. She earned graduate degrees in creative writing from The University of New Hampshire and Indiana University and has worked as a high school teacher, short order cook, secretary, store clerk, waitress, and professor. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.