The Opposite of Light: Poems


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Persea Books
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6.8 X 0.3 X 8.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Kimberly Grey is the author of two collections of poetry, Systems for the Future of Feeling and The Opposite of Light, winner of the 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is currently a doctoral student in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.


Grey raises a wall of sound while meditating on love, power, and control in her debut collection...: "Built your truss, built your small back, / all I could muster, all cheek and luck." Grey lures readers into a world full of clever language and heartfelt metaphor.
In this dazzling book, winner of the 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, Grey does something brave. She investigates contemporary marriage without sounding ironic, treacly, or angry
In her debut collection, Grey, a recent Wallace Stegner fellow, uses mental and linguistic acrobatics to explore what modern love and marriage really looks like.
In Kimberly Grey's debut... the opposite of light is not darkness but "light's potential"--dark because unknown, perhaps, but with the possibility "to change us into that thing we never were / before." Grey's subject is marriage, or the conjugation of a you and an I, and her poems traverse the emotional terrain of coupling while grammatically conjugating what togetherness looks and feels like--"We love, you / have loved I will love/ you"--in the twenty-first century.