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In her foreword to Awayward, National Book Award–winning poet Jean Valentine writes, “Jennifer Kronovet’s poems in Awayward are so surprising and compelling and beautiful, so intelligent and felt. Kronovet uses simple words and works at a mysterious depth, one we can enter with gladness.”

Written while Kronovet was living in Beijing, Awayward illuminates the sense of discon
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by BOA Editions Ltd. (first published March 2009)
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May 02, 2009 Sammy rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this wonderful first book of poems by Jennifer Kronovet (who is a dear friend and new mother!). I have only read it once and rather quickly, but I am tickled and touched throughout by JK's humor, as always. My task for the next reading is to explore JK's use of the first person plural, which, on the first reading, was more marked than the "I." "We" is a big question here, in a book of poems about the direction of meaning always away--both addressed toward others and sometim ...more
Apr 16, 2010 Kent rated it really liked it
Awayward is a book that snaps very quickly into the surreal. The poems are like snapshots taken by Magritte. They travel, they draw a "he," or a "you" into their orbit, and then the landscape colors to reflect the speaker's sentiment. Often, it's joy. There are times, though, when I would like the poems to give themselves a little more space to maneuver in. The snappy movement indicates Kronovet's confidence in the poem's imagined gymnastics. I'm not sure why they need to end so quickly.
Sep 03, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
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I bought Awayward after reading Jenifer Kronovet's beautiful poems in Witness online (September 2011). I found the collection to be mostly delightful and her love of exploring language and words is evident throughout the book. However, there were times when I felt like the linguistic gymnastics were getting in the way of a poem as a whole. This didn't diminish my enjoyment of the collection, but was something I noted while I was reading. Great read overall.
Feb 06, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it
A profound exploration of the challenges inherent to changing dimensions.
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Awayward is a beautiful, sharply intelligent portrait of a foreigner's experience in Beijing.
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Jennifer Kronovet is the author of the poetry collection AWAYWARD (BOA Editions, 2009). She is the co-founder and co-editor of CIRCUMFERENCE, the journal of poetry in translation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Colorado Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, A Public Space, and other journals. She has lived in Beijing, Chicago, and St. Louis, and currently lives in New York City, where ...more
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