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“Lance Larsen’s fourth collection of poems is as beautifully curated as an art exhibition. Each poem impresses itself of mind and eye and heart like an object brilliantly made and suddenly essential, suddenly neccessary. Wry wit, perfectly etched lines, and a talent for finding poems in unexpected places are hallmarks. His is an important, clarifying voice that you don’t want to miss.” –Kelly Cherry, author of The Retreats of Thought: Poems
“These small, smart treasures dazzle us every time. Deceptively simple observational moments offer themselves up with such inviting clarity that we are, to our benefit, startled by a world turned around in the hand—‘An elevator waiting to be translated into a school bus,’ for example. The poems live their bigger stories to be sure, but imaginative, quiet epiphanies make them feel surprising at every turn.” –Alberto Ríos, author of The Dangerous Shirt
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.