Blue Yodel, Volume 109

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Yale University Press
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About the Author

Ansel Elkins was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Believer, Oxford American, Parnassus, and others.She lives in Greensboro, NC.


"Reading these poems, I think of the photographs of Diane Arbus. . . . The poetry of Blue Yodel is not easy. It presents uncomfortable truths and leaves us to wrestle with them on our own. In the course of that wrestling, we learn a lot about what we know versus what we'd prefer not to know."--Carl Phillips, from the Foreword--Carl Phillips
"Ansel Elkins's writing is spare, musical, and sophisticated, and it anchors her powerful imagination, her phantasmagoric landscapes and stories, her wild figurations, her Southernism, and her moral ardor. These are poems poised by the discipline of the mind and perfected by the restlessness of the spirit."--Vijay Seshadri, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 3 Sections: Poems--Vijay Seshadri
"A wonderful piece of work. Big, complicated, and with language that sings. I found myself waking up with stanzas repeating in the back of my head."--Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina--Dorothy Allison
"[An] imaginative and haunting debut."?Alex Crowley, Publishers Weekly--Alex Crowley "Publishers Weekly "
"A gorgeous, midnight-hued homage to Southern Gothic tradition."--Sarah Meyer, O, The Oprah Magazine--Sarah Meyer "O, The Oprah Magazine "
"Blue Yodel emits a powerful call from the forgotten to the forgotten, the remembered, the loved, the unloved, the lost, and the found. Let's hope everyone is lucky enough to hear its cry."--Oriana Tang, The Adroit Journal--Oriana Tang "The Adroit Journal "
"The intensities of image, music, and rhetoric, serve to unmask desire at its most elemental."--Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly
"Many of the 31 powerhouse poems of Blue Yodel take on the transition from one state to another, as well as history's insistence that the past has somehow passed."--The Boston Globe--The Boston Globe
"Elkins' first book . . . is rich with nuance and poignant discovery . . . Elkins shocks you, makes you cry out loud and sit riveted, disturbed, amused, and intrigued while contemplating human complexity."--Booklist--Booklist