"Temper is an unforgettable first book. Embodied in a poetry that quakes with sorrow one moment and is steely with forensic detail the next, Temper's account of a murder encompasses the polarities of flesh and spirit, love and horror. What is most compelling is the way Bachmann presides over the drama with a courage and restraint that manifest themselves as the beauty of these poems."
Lynn Emanuel

Winner, 2008 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry
Winner, 2010 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

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Temper is at once violent and controlled, unflinching and unforgiving in temperament. The poems are mercilessly recursive, placing pressure on the lyric as a mode of both the elegiac and the ecstatic. The result is an enforced silence, urgent with grief.

80 Pages, 6 x 8 in.

August, 2009

isbn : 9780822960409

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Beth Bachmann

Beth Bachmann is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry and the author of two prior books from the Pitt Poetry Series: Temper, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Do Not Rise, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. Poems from CEASE received the Virginia Quarterly Review Emily Clark Balch Prize. Each fall, Bachmann serves as Writer in Residence in the MFA program at Vanderbilt University.

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