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University of Pittsburgh Press
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5.8 X 8.3 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
Beth Bachmann is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry and the author of two prior books from the Pitt Poetry Series: Temper, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Do Not Rise, winner of the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Poems from CEASE received the Virginia Quarterly Review Emily Clark Balch Prize. Each fall, Bachmann serves as Writer in Residence in the MFA program at Vanderbilt University.
'First comes peace then comes after . . .' It's a sober utterance that hurls us into this monumental new collection, the pearl of calm on the storm's tongue. The effect is astonishing. Bachmann manages to strike a perfect balance between crystalline clarity and centripetal verve, building poems that wild inside walls made of water, water made of motion, motion made of air. Bachmann has given us new territory, this major new event.-- "Kaveh Akbar"
The poems in Beth Bachmann's CEASE--not quite lyric, not quite prose--read more like urgently wired messages. Sometimes, her words splash forward like water from a pitcher. Sometimes, they erupt like fire from a drum.-- "Henri Cole"
How are we to speak to each other in a time of war? In half-whispers? shouts? In their music--and even more so in their silences--these poems' incredible power is in the knowledge they possess: the keen awareness that here, in America 'we are guilty of what we haven't done.' Bachmann has created here a necessary, inimitable, urgent music.-- "Ilya Kaminsky"