Atomizer: Poems


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LSU Press
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5.98 X 9.02 X 0.26 inches | 0.37 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth A. I. Powell is the author of The Republic of Self, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize; and Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter, named one of the "Books We Loved in 2016" by the New Yorker. Her work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and literary journals such as Barrow Street, Electric Literature, the Missouri Review, and Ploughshares. She is professor of writing and literature at Northern Vermont University-Johnson and editor of Green Mountains Review.


Atomizer spritzes, spits, and deluges us in the perfumery of seduction, fetish, duplicity, commodity, and code. What carries the day is the speaker herself, a fierce, traumatized truth-teller whose X-ray eyes see through it all in a work of harrowing brilliance and sheer heartbreak. I urge you to douse yourself in Atomizer.--Diane Seuss, author of Four-Legged Girl
Elizabeth A. I. Powell is one of those rare poets of tremendous spiritual obsessions who are at the same time in complete command of the organic world--its tactility, physicality, violence, and strange, unsettling details. She is visionary yet concrete. She is always startling and dramatic. Her poems are big and engulfing, yet shot through with a beautiful locality and precision. She sees the sermons in the stones.--Vijay Seshadri, author of 3 Sections, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Atomizer presents a world reflected through our most elusive sense: olfaction. Generously evocative, reflective, and above all human, the poems in this book present themselves as little aromatic jewels. They capture what it means to be a sensory body with a brain attached. They get to the feeling of a sense that is impossible to know.--Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder and executive director of the Institute for Art and Olfaction