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Velocity (Pitt Poetry)

Nancy Krygowski


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"Velocity" time travels through memory and conjecture, yet Krygowski's poems--often sad, sometimes humorous, always generous--return us continually to the beautiful and difficult here-and-now. Lovingly grounded in the ordinary, these are thinking poems--tightly crafted, accessible inquiries more interested in exploring stark and complicated knowledge than in proclaiming it. The poems, which use a sister's death as a touchstone, dwell in the overlap of emotions. Loss touches happiness, desire touches fear, love touches futile knowing. Krygowski's unstoppable energy for seeking and revealing disparate thoughts and emotions makes the collection wholly human. This fresh, surprising voice speaks for the intelligent heart in each of us.

Praise For Velocity (Pitt Poetry)

”In a literary atmosphere where poetry book prizes proliferate and mediocrity dominates, Krygowsi’s first volume . . . is a a delight—which does not mean it’s easy, or even pleasurable, to read. Instead, this is superbly crafted tragedy that stops short of melodrama or self-pity.” 
--Library Journal

"[A] hauntingly gorgeous collection of poems. Go order this book now. Here's a poet for whom craft and voice come together in powerful and stunning ways."
--The Cafe Review

"A beautiful, unpretentious collection of deeply felt and finely made poems. . . . They feel less made than felt, and have a spontaneous sincerity and singularity--not of style, but of point-of-view--that is amazingly rare in contemporary poetry."
--Rain Taxi

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822959779, 65pp.

Publication Date: September 23, 2020

About the Author

Nancy Krygowski is an adult literacy instructor and codirector of the Gist Street Reading Series. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, 5 A.M., and other magazines. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant and awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.