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The Taken-Down God
Selected Poems 1997–2008

May 2013
196 pages
Carcanet Poetry (an Imprint of Carcanet Press)

:: selected poetry from The Taken-Down God ::

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                        Everything unpreventable and excited like
mornings in the unknown future. Who shall repair this now. And how the future
                    takes shape
                    too quickly. The permanent is ebbing. Is leaving
                    nothing in the way of
trails, they are blown over, grasses shoot up, life disturbing life…

Acclaimed as one of America’s most passionate and intelligent innovators, Jorie Graham writes poems of luminous formal beauty. Here she selects from the full range of her five most recent books, presenting European readers with a coherent and compelling body of work. The book complements her Pulitzer Prize-winning The Dream of the Unified Field (1996), which selected work from her first five books. Jorie Graham’s poems address a planet spinning towards an unknowable future. They challenge us to inhabit a more responsive and responsible place in language and the world. Her poetry is as urgent as it is essential.