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In the Human Zoo

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Honoring the memory of a celebrated poet and a beloved teacher, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry is awarded annually and is sponsored by the University of Utah Press and the University of Utah Department of English.

In the Human Zoo reveals encounters with a world that is both fragile and dangerous, a perilous, surreal place where not only humans but also creatures as in
Paperback, 88 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by University of Utah Press (first published April 15th 2011)
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Dakota Lancaster
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People who say poetry is dead obviously haven't read this book. I received this through a goodreads giveaway and I sat through and read the whole thing in one sitting once it arrived. The author has a stunning way with words. ...more
Kristine Muslim
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This is easily one of the best poetry books I've read this year. ...more
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A meditation on human violence both corporeal and emotional. Such precise, vivid imagery.
Ali Faqihi
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goosebump-inducing poetry. I never thought it was possible to do that with words... will definitely look into Perrine's other works! Highly recommended. ...more
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Jennifer Perrine read several poems from this wildly inventive collection when she recently visited Mount Mercy University. Check out the glorious sounds and attitude in this one:

If Life Gives You Lemons Make

your mouth into a trough, a spout
from which that sour sauce will pour,
pulp and spittle swimming down your
chin, eyes pinched shut, each acid thought

welling under the tongue. Thin slice
of pain wedged on the salty rim
of your face, let its tart grace skim
your glass neat: no sugar, no ice

to tempe
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Jennifer Perrine is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Again (Airlie Press, 2020). Perrine's other books include No Confession, No Mass, winner of the 2016 Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award and the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry; In the Human Zoo, recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body Is No Machine, winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Readin ...more

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