Exit, Civilian by Idra Novey
(The National Poetry Series)

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In her second collection, Idra Novey steps in and out of jails, courthouses, and caves to explore what confinement means in the twenty-first century. From the beeping doors of a prison in New York to cellos playing in a former jail in Chile, she looks at prisons that have opened, closed, and transformed to examine how the stigma of incarceration has altered American families, including her own. Novey writes of the expanding prison complex that was once a field and imagines what’s next for the civilians who enter and exit it each day.

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Idra Novey is the author of The Next Country and has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PEN Translation Fund. Her translations include Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to G.H., (New Directions, 2012). She has taught in the Bard College Prison Initiative and in Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Published April 15, 2012 by University of Georgia Press. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Novey has taught in prisons in New York State, and some terse prose poems reflect her experience: “In the shine of a car outside the prison my reflection gets wider until it splits.” Her attention, however, remains with the people who have to live inside: their patience, lost opportunities, h...

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