These are courageous poems. The music, the language, which I love, is based on a terrific sense of things, and I don't know if it is the music or the knowledge which I most admire. This is a wide-eyed, assertive, wild, well-read, street-smart, edgy, loving, suffering, heaven-crazed poet. It's a joy to find her.
Gerald Stern
Winner, 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Velocity time travels through memory and conjecture, yet Krygowski’s poems–often sad, sometimes humorous, always generous–return us continually to the beautiful and difficult here-and-now. Lovingly grounded in the ordinary, these are thinking poems–tightly crafted, accessible inquiries more interested in exploring stark and complicated knowledge than in proclaiming it. The poems, which use a sister’s death as a touchstone, dwell in the overlap of emotions. Loss touches happiness, desire touches fear, love touches futile knowing. Krygowski’s unstoppable energy for seeking and revealing disparate thoughts and emotions makes the collection wholly human. This fresh, surprising voice speaks for the intelligent heart in each of us.

80 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

September, 2007

isbn : 9780822959779

about the author

Nancy Krygowski

Nancy Krygowski is the author of The Woman in the Corner, named one of 2020’s top 100 poetry books by Library Journal, and Velocity, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She teaches in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and is a member of the Pitt Poetry Series interim editorial committee.

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