To See the Earth Before the End of the World


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Wesleyan University Press
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6.0 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

ED ROBERSON is the author of eight books of poetry. He is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and his prior books have won the Iowa Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series. Having retired from Rutgers University, Roberson currently lives in Chicago where he has taught at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.


"In poems that proceed snakelike across a page or in traditional flush-left frames, Roberson's images and ideas are starling and complex, often difficult in their dreamlike qualities. His lines have been accurately described as syntactically double-jointed and labyrinthine--and, as with any maze, readers must find a hold an outside wall to guide them through Roberson's sometimes surreal vision of the earth. That 'hold' may be the earth itself...."--Karla Huston, Library Journal

"Ed Roberson's labyrinthine, syntactically double-jointed lines work at a nervous, disconsolate pitch, peculiar insight and curious angle at the forefront of the tutorage they bring. His most compendious volume to date perhaps and certainly true to its title, To See the Earth Before the End of the World moves in many directions, often all at once, a 360-degree jitterbug waltz of a book."--Nathaniel Mackey, author of Splay Anthem