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The Wilderness


Sandra Lim


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From the winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, chosen by Louise Glück, a daring and exuberant new collection.

Moving through myths of the American landscape, the fatalism of American Puritanism, family history, New England winters, aesthetic theory, and the suavities and anxieties of contemporary life, the poems in this astonishing collection ultimately speak about the individual soul’s struggle with its own meaning. “In its stern and quiet way Sandra Lim’s The Wilderness is one of the most thrilling books of poetry I have read in many years” (Louise Glück).

From “Aubade”

From the last stars to sunrise the world is dark and enduring

and emptiness has its place.

Then, to wake each day to the world’s unwavering

limits, you have to think about passion differently, again.

Praise For The Wilderness: Poems

Original and affecting…masterful.
— Barbara Berman - The Rumpus

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393349573, 98pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2014

About the Author

Sandra Lim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She is the author of three poetry collections, The Curious Thing, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, chosen by Louise Glück for the Barnard Women Poets Prize. She has received many honors for her work, including the Levis Reading Prize, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from MacDowell and the Getty Foundation. She is a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.