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Author(s): Forrest Gander

Poetry | Pulitzer Prize

Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac section a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross.


He continues with a long multilingual poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third section--a moving transcription of Gander's efforts to address his mother dying of Alzheimer's--rise from the page like hymns, transforming slowly from reverence to revelation. Gander has been called one of our most formally restless poets, and these new poems express a characteristically tensile energy and, as one critic noted, "the most eclectic diction since Hart Crane."

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry 2019

General Fields

  • : 9780811226059
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : August 2018
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 811.6
  • : 80
  • : Forrest Gander