As a poetry newbie, I picked up this Pulitzer finalist's volume and was surprised by the easy-to-read, beautiful imagery. Stallings's respect for the ancients shows through. There was so much to enjoy from ancient Greek themes to domestic life to the ubiquitous filler word: "like." Recommended By Ruth J., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
A stunning new collection by the award-winning young poet and translator
Like, that currency of social media, is a little word with infinite potential; it can be nearly any part of speech. Without it, there is no simile, that engine of the lyric poem, the lyre's note in the epic. A poem can hardly exist otherwise. In this new collection, her most ambitious to date, A. E. Stallings continues her archeology of the domestic, her odyssey through myth and motherhood in received and invented forms, from sonnets to syllabics. Stallings also eschews the poetry volume's conventional sections for the arbitrary order of the alphabet. Contemporary Athens itself, a place never dull during the economic and migration crises of recent years, shakes off the dust of history and emerges as a vibrant character.
Known for her wry and musical lyric poems, Stallings here explores her themes in greater depth, including the bravura performance Lost and Found, a meditation in ottava rima on a parent's sublunary dance with daily-ness and time, set in the moon's Valley of Lost Things.
About the Author
A. E. Stallings is the author of the poetry books Archaic Smile, which won the Richard Wilbur Award; Hapax, which won the Poet's Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Benjamin H. Danks Award; and Olives. She has also published a verse translation of Lucretius's The Nature of Things. Stallings is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Athens, Greece.