Harbinger: Poems


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Ecco Press
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5.75 X 8.74 X 0.24 inches | 0.2 pounds

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About the Author

Shelley Puhak is a critically acclaimed poet and writer whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, Lapham's Quarterly, Teen Vogue, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have been included in The Best American Travel Writing and selected as Notables in four consecutive editions of The Best American Essays. She is the author of two books of poetry, most recently Guinevere in Baltimore, winner of the Anthony Hecht Prize. The Dark Queens is her nonfiction debut. She lives in Maryland.


The speaker in Shelley Puhak's Harbinger is no closer to knowing herself than I am, than we are, which is why we trust her. Each similarly titled poem holds a triptych mirror up to the artist and, in so doing, up to us all, so we may better see ourselves as we are. In ever-changing form. -- Nicole Sealey

"Harbinger is a reminder of something we all too commonly lose track of: the idea of poetry as an art form...Puhak's grasp here is shocking, reaching across centuries, millennia...[but with] a narrative that is perfectly contemporary, postmodern, and personal...exquisitely well-crafted...Sometimes, a book can surprise you." -- New York Journal of Books

Ominous and energetic...These poems are fierce and foreboding, proving poetry's revelatory power. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

These poems share a deep curiosity about and connection to our world, good and bad, majestic and dystopian...A collection that should not be missed." -- Library Journal