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Wesleyan University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author
SANDRA SIMONDS is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Orlando. Her poems have been included in the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in the New York Times, Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an associate professor of English and humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.
"A consummate observer of the contemporary present, Simonds is able to pan out and zoom in with remarkable speed and agility. This perch over the stream of detail, on the knife's edge of the present, is key to the motion of Simonds's writing."--Lindsay Turner, LARB review of Orlando, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Atopia speaks to the events of our time, brutal and unafraid."--Dorothea Lasky, author of Milk

"The driving force of Atopia is how to carry on living while surrounded by all this fear--of capitalism, fascism, misogyny, bigotry, climate change, and internalized self-hatred and defeat. I can think of nothing more present and urgent than an interrogation of the paradoxAtopia is a much needed epic poem that I was hungry to devour."--Anne Barngrover, author of Brazen Creature

"Simonds is a poet of the re-calibrated, gendered, anti-racist and anti-capitalist epic. She's a Whitmanian American for the present, clear-eyed and vengeful, expansive enough for multitudinous catastrophe. These poems are full-throated exemplars of poetry's power, rising into the highest lyric incantation and outcry."--Lindsay Turner, author of Songs & Ballads

"A friend told me poets are maladjusted souls. Whatever! We have Sandra Simonds on our side, and this new book Atopia is something to give ourselves some proper maladjustments! Here is a poet I can easily imagine from the audience of Plato's speeches about how great slavery is for the Republic, telling the old man how lousy his governing ideas are, having Plato threaten to exile her from the city limits. This book rules my bookshelf! This book is a breastplate against weapons of enemies of the beautiful truth of this breathtaking world!"--CA Conrad, author of While Standing in Line for Death