OPEN WINTER

Winner of the 2011 Bellday Prize for Poetry

Winner of a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award for Poetry

Winner of the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry

Finalist for the Audre Lorde Award, the California Book Award, & the Montaigne Medal

These poems possess a quiet urgency—an elegant, stark beauty. The speaker wonders “What minimum: can I say.” The line “radiates/its own idea of bareness.” The sentences are prisms conjugating light. But there is also an unsettling quality to this work that continually questions itself and resolutely insists on remaining open to possibility and fluctuation. I’m deeply impressed by the strikingly original combination of delicacy and rigor—the seemingly effortless way the focus shifts from outer landscapes to “the sky we have inside.” –Elaine Equi, Final Judge

I can think of no poet’s first book in recent years that has given me as much pleasure as Rae Gouirand’s Open Winter. Gouirand repunctuates the world in stops and starts as she reaches toward new ways to parse the complexities of love. Open Winter shows us how language breaks and fails, how poems repair and revive. –Mark Wunderlich

Rae Gouirand’s poems glow with motion and stillness, the richness of consciousness, as they delicately enlarge the boundaries of comprehension and desire. The sense of scale—infinitesimal to vast—is capacious as mind itself. A complex innerness gleams through the cracks of the language, the white space between syntaxes: an interruption that sings. Open Winter offers a shimmering geometry of cognition in visionary poems that witness the erotic ligatures between self and world. It is a generative—and deeply generous—book. –Alice Fulton

ISBN-13: 9780979337642, $14 US

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