USA BookNews Award finalist
Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Lorna Dee Cervantes. Axis Mundi explores how human perception can reveal the elegant within the ordinary as well as in such extraordinary challenges as 9/11 and personal/marital disaster. These poems demonstrate how attentiveness to the world outside the self can restore wholeness. They meditate on the ways that, for all living beings, home is continuously imperiled and yet miraculously endures. The poems together develop a larger theme of equilibrium between the earth, its parts, and the wider universe.
Karen Holmberg won the Vassar Miller Prize for her book The Perseids: Poems. Her poems and essays have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Slate, The Nation, New England Review, and elsewhere. Influenced by a biologist father, she is interested in science, medicine, and the natural world. She received her PhD in English (poetry) at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She currently directs the MFA program at Oregon State University and lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.
Excellent reading for those who value meditative, beautiful storytelling. —Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review) Ramspeck's debut collection abounds with flawed families, tense confirmations, and unlikely mo...
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