Ben Lerner


Born
in Topeka, The United States
February 04, 1979

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Benjamin S. Lerner is an American poet, novelist, and critic. He was awarded the Hayden Carruth prize for his cycle of fifty-two sonnets, The Lichtenberg Figures. In 2004, Library Journal named it one of the year's twelve best books of poetry. The Lichtenberg Figures appeared in a German translation in 2010, for which it received the "Preis der Stadt Münster für internationale Poesie" in 2011, making Lerner the first American to receive this honor.

Born and raised in Topeka, which figures in each of his books of poetry, Lerner is a 1997 graduate of Topeka High School where he was a standout in debate and forensics. At Brown University he earned a B.A. in Political Theory and an MFA in Poetry. He traveled on a Fulbright Scholarship to Madrid,
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Leaving the Atocha Station

3.79 avg rating — 8,737 ratings — published 2011 — 31 editions
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10:04

3.70 avg rating — 8,188 ratings — published 2014 — 30 editions
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The Hatred of Poetry

3.81 avg rating — 1,589 ratings — published 2016 — 17 editions
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Angle of Yaw

4.14 avg rating — 723 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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The Lichtenberg Figures

4.19 avg rating — 561 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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Mean Free Path

4.07 avg rating — 418 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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The Polish Rider

3.49 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 2016
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No Art: Poems

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Elegías doppler

4.60 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2015
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Eleven Eleven

4.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2007
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“Art has to offer something other than stylized despair.”
Ben Lerner, 10:04

“The chicken is a little dry and/or you've ruined my life.”
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“I tried hard to imagine my poems or any poems as machines that could make things happen, changing the government, or the economy or even their language, the body or its sensorium, but I could not imagine this, could not even imagine imagining it. And yet when I imagined the total victory of those other things over poetry, when I imagined, with a sinking feeling, a world without even the terrible excuses for poems that kept faith with the virtual possibilities of the medium, without the sort of absurd ritual I'd participated in that evening then I intuited an inestimable loss, a loss not of artworks but of art, and therefore infinite, the total triumph of the actual, and I realized that, in such a world, I would swallow a bottle of white pills.”
Ben Lerner, Leaving the Atocha Station

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