Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Poets and Poems: Kathryn Nuernberger and “The End of Pink”

Last year, The End of Pink by Kathryn Nuernberger won the prestigious James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, given for a distinguished second collection by a poet. It’s easy to see why.

The collection is marked by imagination and creativity, involving different poetry forms, mythic characters, historical figures, folklore, science, and even relationships. Reading it is akin to a rollercoaster ride – unexpected twists and turns, quick ascents, and sometimes thrilling (and terrifying) descents.

The titles of the individual poems give an idea of what’s happening. “Bat Boy Washed Up on Shore,” “The Saint Girls Takes in Strays” (one of several “Saint Girl” poems as arresting as they are disconcerting), and “Peter, Raised by Wolves (1726)” are only a few examples of the poet’s roving imagination.

To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.

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