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Dismantling the Angel
by Eric Pankey
Winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize Free Verse Editions, Edited by Jon Thompson "In these precise, dream-like poems, Eric Pankey peers through the clarifying lens of metaphor and parable to meditate on mystery, human sympathy and the divine. Here, the shifting image of fire both articulates and consumes our sense of the vastness of history and the ineffable nature of ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 8th 2013 by Parlor Press
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I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. At first glance it seems the perfect kind of poetry for me--deeply steeped in religious iconography, mostly composed like micro-fiction in dense, short paragraphs, dense with imagery--but, I often found myself removed from it all, as though the words constructed not an invitation but a wall. Still, there were several poems that completely captured me: Owl, a dictionary definition that blows apart the actual animal; How to Make Love to Someone You Do ...more
Eric Pankey is the author of eight previous collections of poetry, most recently The Pear as One Example: New and Selected Poems 1984-2008 and Reliquaries. He is the recipient of a Walt Whitman Award, a Library of Virginia Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His work has appeared in The New ...moreMore about Eric Pankey...