The Word We Used for It

The Word We Used for It

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Author: Max Garland

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (2017) 

In these poems Max Garland confesses, even revels in, the fabricated nature of memory. He links personal and localized patterns (fingerprints, plowed fields) to the motions animating the insides of atoms and the unfurling of remote galaxies. Back on earth, the poems honor the decidedly homespun quality of grit―how creatures both animal and human bear up in the face of mounting odds against them. Garland suggests that imagination itself requires grit, to be called upon when the more spectacular angels are otherwise occupied.

Winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Robert Wrigley