So Forth: Poems

Rosanna Warren (Author)


With irony, in mourning tinged with eros, one of our most extraordinary poets blends the personal and the political to meditate on damage, aging, and injustice. The poems in So Forth surge back in memory, pondering guilt and forgiveness. Consciousness flows from singular to plural; identity in these poems does a round dance with other personae, with formidable women artists of the past in the powerful sequence "Legende of Good Women," with pre-Socratic philosophers, and with lovers, children, and strangers?the strangest of whom is the face in the mirror. In response to griefs both historical and contemporary, So Forth contemplates the quest for the holy and traditions of the sacred.

Product Details

Price: $25.95  $23.36
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: May 19, 2020
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.1 X 0.6 X 8.4 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language: English
Type: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781324004592
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About the Author

Rosanna Warren is the author of five poetry collections. She has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other institutions. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she teaches at the University of Chicago.


'My heart was torn open and now it's all window, ' writes Rosanna Warren in this unforgettable, untamed, unrelenting book. While her country 'hurls itself away, ' becomes a nightmare of 'police state, ' a place of 'camps, / children in camps' the poet tells us we must persist, despite it all, we 'we must go on with our mysterious work.' There is wisdom in these pages, self-knowledge in this voice. It is gorgeous, it is generous, it is inimitable, this offering.--Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic, a National Book Award finalist
This is Rosanna Warren's testament to making life while resisting the insensitivities and brutalities of the day. It sees purpose in art, but especially in nature, and searches for a way to reconcile the two, where too often it seems obvious and easy to do so. It's not. And the fluidity of the poetry is often counter to the complexity of considering if such a reconciling is possible or desirable. Unique.--John Kinsella, author of Firebreaks
This is a book of love and war, rich with poems of desire and rage, situated in our nearly unbearable historical moment, alive to its challenges and pleasures. Rosanna Warren uses passion and calculation in equal measure to grapple with an uncertain future--in this, she is the best of citizens, loving her world in the midst of fierce disenchantment. The poems combine lavish but pellucid description, and a disarming directness that senses the heart of the matter with unmatched agility.--Katie Peterson, author of A Piece of Good News