Our Lady of the Ruins (Paperback)

Poems (Barnard Women Poets Prize)

By Traci Brimhall

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

Publication Date: April 1, 2012

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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?