Winner of the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. This new book by Lance Larsen is described by Jane Hirshfield as “a book of startling, fierce, inventive talent.”Adam Zagajewski writes that it “is strong like steel and has streaks of intense poetic brilliance that make you jump.” Dean Young explains that “Lance Larsen attests again and again to the generous, transformative power of lived experience to plot the spirit’s magical trajectories.” And Lola Haskins says simply that the book “embodies what I feel poetry should be.”
Lance Larsen, who recently completed a five-year appointment as Utah’s poet laureate, is the author of four previous poetry collections: Erasable Walls (1998); In All Their Animal Brilliance (2005), which won the Tampa Review Prize; Backyard Alchemy (2009); and Genius Loci (2013). His poetry and prose appear widely, in such venues as APR, Poetry, Gettysburg Review, River Styx, Southwest Review, Brevity, LIT, TLS, Best American Poetry 2009, Poetry Daily, and Brief Encounters (a Norton nonfiction collection). He has received a number of awards, including a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Ragdale, The Anderson Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His essays have made the Notable Essays list six times in Best American Essays. He is married to Jacqui Larsen and currently serves as chair of the department of English at Brigham Young University.