Lampblack and Ash

Lampblack and Ash

by Simone Muench, Carol Muske-Dukes


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[T]here is something utterly in thrall here, honey-slow and fixated. Driven by obsession—in particular, obsession with the legendary French poet, Robert Desnos—Muench’s identification with a true self beyond the self’s known truth is startling.—from the introduction by Carol Muske-Dukes

“Simone’s poems have a confidence and sophistication of what I like to call intentionality. Also wit, grace, poise, and a relationship to writing beyond self-referential feeling.”—Anne Waldman

“Lush, sprouting, sensuous images line-by-line, adopting myth freely, Muench’s poems are volatile explosives, circling beauty.”—James Tate

Simone Muench is poetry editor of ACM and is an assistant professor at Lewis University, as well as a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932511260
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas and now lives in Chicago. She is the author of The Air Lost in Breathing (2000 Marianne Moore Prize) and Lampblack & Ash (2004 Kathryn A. Morton Prize). She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is director of the Writing Program at Lewis University and an editor for Sharkforum.

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