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Poems

A. E. Stallings

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0374538689
ISBN13: 9780374538682

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160 Pages

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

Like
, that currency of social media, is a little word with infinite potential; it can be nearly any part of speech. Without it, there is no simile, that engine of the lyric poem, the lyre’s note in the epic. A poem can hardly exist otherwise. In this new collection, her most ambitious to date, A. E. Stallings continues her archeology of the domestic, her odyssey through myth and motherhood in received and invented forms, from sonnets to syllabics. Stallings also eschews the poetry volume’s conventional sections for the arbitrary order of the alphabet. Contemporary Athens itself, a place never dull during the economic and migration crises of recent years, shakes off the dust of history and emerges as a vibrant character.

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Praise for Like

"In Like . . . Stallings presents a diverse quiver of poems—arranged in alphabetical order—polished and sharpened by her typically innovative use of traditional verse forms, poised vocabulary, and a playful dexterous teasing-out of simile and metaphor."—LA Review of Books

"Like is a book I will return to—to re-experience Stallings’s esprit, intelligence, and word-smithing."Ed Meek, The Arts Fuse

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About the author

A. E. Stallings

A. E. Stallings is the author of the poetry books Archaic Smile, which won the Richard Wilbur Award; Hapax, which won the Poet’s Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Benjamin H. Danks Award; and Olives. She has also published a verse translation of Lucretius’s The Nature of Things. Stallings is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Athens, Greece.

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