Her Book


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$16.00  $14.88
Milkweed Editions
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6.9 X 6.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Native Minnesotan Éireann Lorsung's first book, Music for Landing Planes By, was published by Milkweed in 2007. Since then, she has lived in France, the UK, and Belgium. Lorsung edits the journal 1110 and co-runs MIEL Books, a small press.


"In Her book, Éireann Lorsung inhabits the uncertain and fluid boundaries between the body and the world, the self and the other. For the poet, the word searches out the image and gives it substance. For the reader, these poems offer a materiality of their own: [The body's] 'speech packs around it like wasp/ paper. Speaking a thin, permanent/ archive.' The poems in this volume breach the ordinary parameters of space, time, and sense perception. To experience them is to occupy the space between in a surprising and yet subtle way."
--Kathleen Jesme

"Part ecstatic recollection of the many ways places and objects leave their indelible marks upon our bodies and brains, and part timeless ode to the strange female beast that pounds inside of us all, Her book resurrects the enchanting power of personal and historically feminine mythology. Exacting, and at the same time utterly magical, Lorsung's work opens a door to an unusually radiant universe where everything within is set ablaze by pure wonderment."
--Ada Limón

"Éireann Lorsung's Her book has something of the gurlesque to it: 'The most gentle apocalypse in the world.' But this will lead the reader, with remarkable sureness, not toward the viscera of the gender spectacle revealed via exaggeration, but rather into the miniature, the closely observed, the travesties and utopias of the quietest moments. It is from these moments that the whole is constructed, the molecules that compose both her book and her life in a 'Collision of the cellular level and the structures.' It is an aching and eloquent whole indeed."
--Joshua Clover

"There is always a voice in Lorsung's book 'calling you to wilderness, ' and the result is pitch-perfect language coupled with astounding imagery. These highly confident poems make up a wonderful debut collection."
--American Poet

"In this amazing first book, Éireann Lorsung enters deeply into the everyday--only to emerge awestruck, open, and generous. In her hands both the world and the word are transformed into something radiant."
--Nick Flynn

"Music for Landing Planes By is a young woman's loves song to the planet. Images flock from a vivid pastoral world, uncarded fleece, wrens in thatch, chaff, lathe, and hasp, joining the speaker in her effort to stitch prayer and dream, city and country, into one shimmering fabric of ardor."
--Leslie Adrienne Miller