After Urgency by Rusty Morrison

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Winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Jane Hirshfield

The aftermath of death leaves many of us dumbstruck -- turned inward and inarticulate. Having lost both parents, poet Rusty Morrison attempts to find in shocked silence a language scored by the intimacy of that aloneness with death. Beyond elegy, Morrison's new work embodies the volatility of death in life, which mourning allows us to experience.


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Rusty Morrison is the author of multiple collections of poetry. THE TRUE KEEPS CALM BIDING ITS STORY (Ahsahta Press, 2008) was awarded the Poetry Society of America's DiCastagnola Award (chosen by Susan Howe), the Sawtooth Poetry Prize (chosen by Peter Gizzi) and was then selected by Rae Armantrout, Claudia Rankine, and Bruce Smith for the Academy of American Poet's James Laughlin Award. Her previous book WHETHERING (Center for Literary Publishing, 2004) won the Colorado Prize for Poetry, selected by Forrest Gander. Most recently, she is the author of BOOK OF THE GIVEN (Noemi Press, 2011) and AFTER URGENCY (Tupelo Press, 2012). She lives in Richmond, California, and is Omnidawn's co-publisher.
Published April 30, 2012 by Tupelo Press. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One of several poems called “Aftermath” considers “A pattern on the wallpaper in my mother’s house.// Already diffident with my distance from her death.” More often Morrison tries to illuminate what she has found outdoors: “Tree-line, water’s edge, places that borders will gather ag...

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