Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds

At once literary and conversational, enigmatic and lucid, exuberant and wounded, these nimble poems wed the world of imagination to the world of experience. Every jaunty line explodes in at least two directions: devilishly up into the mind; ardently down into the heart.
Terrance Hayes

Winner, 2006 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
Winner, 2008 Poetry Award from Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters

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Winner of the 2006 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry Selected by Terrance Hayes

Winner of the 2008 Poetry Award from Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters

Angela Ball’s lyrical, wry, and rueful poems float on a river of incongruities on which we may find Ron Popeil, Lord Byron, and Rudyard Kipling sharing the same raft; they create a fascinating commerce between the sublime and the ridiculous.

80 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

October, 2007

isbn : 9780822959755

about the author

Angela Ball

Angela Ball is professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she directs the Center for Writers. She is the author of five previous poetry collections: Kneeling Between Parked Cars, The Museum of the Revolution: 58 Exhibits, Possession, Quartet, and Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds. She is the recipient of an NEA grant and has twice won the Poetry Prize from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Her work has been featured in Best American Poetry, on the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and has been frequently anthologized.

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