Winner of the 2016 New Issues Prize
About the Author
COURTNEY KAMPA’s writing has been widely published, appearing in Boston Review, TriQuarterly, the Journal, the National Poetry Review, New England Review, and elsewhere, and she has received awards from Best New Poets, the Atlantic, Poets & Writers magazine, and North American Review. In 2014, she won the Rattle Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award, as well as Columbia University’s David Craig Austin Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Thesis. She was raised in Virginia.
Table of Contents
Cardiac • Bella Figura • Driving into the Lilacs • Short Essay at the Sink • Law of Large Number • Wax Wings • Self-Portrait by Someone Else • Confiteor • Inventory of Half-Burnt Offerings • Short Essay on the Color of Her Hair • Miscarriage • Cartography
What People are Saying About This
“Every page of Our Lady of Not Asking Why is lit by an electric human voice. It is a collection of voices that interrogates ideas about love and takes us deep into the complicated textures of its failures as well as the achievements of its mysterious, intimate bonds. These poems explore how we understand ourselves in proximity to our myths, vocabularies, desires, and most importantly, to one another, and each audacious act of speaking possesses ‘its own set of vowels,’ its own ‘ratifying pulse.’ Courtney Kampa knows ‘[i]t’s easy to say true things/without feeling any truth in them,’ and she possesses the lyric gifts to say what is hard and make us feel the truth of it. This is beautiful, sensual work, rich with precision and poise.”