The Book of Ten

Sometimes your car breaks down in front of a gas station, and sometimes it doesn't. Susan Wood works the lonely stretch of road that connects these two possibilities. It seems as though it's always night in these beautiful, haunting poems, but Wood lights the landscape with her vision, her intelligence, and the fierceness of her love for everything human.
David Kirby

“Susan Wood brings us this new collection of her poems and a steadfast intent to write with courage of history and contemporary American life. She is able—adept, even—to make things mundane seem complex and worthy of her pen while in due contrast illuminating things that could be considered justly grand as very human, tactile, and near. Like Jorie Graham or Geoffery Hill, she is swift and unapologetic about plunking her reader down in the middle of some landscape—as if the dear reader had been on holiday there with her all along—and provides details of her views of this place, making it familiar at once even if it screams unknown, remote, or exotic.”—Coal Hill Review

96 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

February, 2011

isbn : 9780822961390

about the author

Susan Wood

Susan Wood is Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English at Rice University. She is the author of Bazaar and Campo Santo, which was the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1991, and won the Natalie Ornish Prize of the Texas Institute of Letters. Her third book, Asunder, was chosen by Garrett Hongo for the National Poetry Series. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Northwest Review, Poetry, and elsewhere.

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