Imperfect Present: Poems

Backorder (temporarily out of stock)

Product Details

$18.00  $16.74
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publish Date
5.53 X 9.07 X 0.29 inches | 0.34 pounds
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Sharon Dolin is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Manual for Living, Whirlwind, and Burn and Dodge, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She is also the author of a prose memoir titled Hitchcock Blonde and two books of translation: Book of Minutes by Gemma Gorga and the prize-winning Late to the House of Words: Selected Poems by Gemma Gorga. A 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient, Fulbright Scholar, Pushcart Prize winner, and recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, she lives in New York City, where she teaches poetry workshops and is associate editor of Barrow Street Press.


"In this masterclass in effervescent wordcraft, even as it ranges through troubled terrain, Sharon Dolin proves to be a poet for the love of sanity. Seven collections of poetry, a Pushcart Prize, 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient, and Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress all attest to her boundless talent." --Foreword Reviews

"Imperfect Present is a stunning book, not simply for its depth of feeling, piercing wit, and well-earned wisdom but also for the brilliant play of language, the sheer sonic pleasures of it. Whether meditations on art, mortality, social justice, what it means to be and do good, these are poems startling both in their range and clarity of vision--at once delighting and jolting the mind toward recognition and a new apprehension of the world we thought we knew. I am reminded that Sharon Dolin is a poet for our time whose necessary voice I return to again and again." --Natasha Trethewey, former US poet laureate and author of Monument: Poems New and Selected

"There are many ways to describe Imperfect Present, Sharon Dolin's new collection of poems--delightful, earthy, erudite, engaging--but dazzling says it best. A master of form, Dolin offers a prismatic, often intimate, look at origins: language, country, belief, the self. Though many poems take on our worst imperfections--hatred, violence, degradation of the planet--others make room for generosity, an embrace of our failings, 'the shattered pieces of some inconceivable whole.' Imperfect Present is a powerful inquiry into what it means to be human, living in our present moment. As Dolin asks, 'even in the midst of sorrow how may I--we--still summon joy?'" --Ellen Bass, author of Indigo

"Sharon Dolin's marvelous new collection, Imperfect Present, brings with it her profound lyric intelligence and elegant, eloquent wit. Her brilliantly charged language embodies those shifting tensions, those often mercurial, often intense reflections that accompany us along the paths and passages of a life. Compassionate and compelling, Dolin's collection is, as its title suggests, truly the perfect book for our imperfect present moment." --David St. John, author of The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems