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Our Lady of the Ruins


Traci Brimhall


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"Poetry for the new century: awake to the world, spiritually profound, and radiant with lyric intelligence." —Carolyn Forché

Winner of the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, Our Lady of the Ruins tracks a group of women through their pilgrimage in a mid-apocalyptic world.  Exploring war, plagues, and the search for a new God in exile, these poems create a chorus of wanderers haunted by empire, God, and personal trauma.

from “Hysteria: A Requiem”

Now, in the last world, we bury nightingales

    beneath the floor.

    Trackers with their ears to the ground listen

                                       for angels approaching.

Where is the saint,              mortally torn and wearing a

hood of stars,

    bearing her own redemption?

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393086430, 96pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2012

About the Author

Traci Brimhall’s first book, Rookery, was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. A doctoral student at Western Michigan University, she lives in Kalamazoo.