Rings (Paperback)

By Jasmine Dreame Wagner

Kelsey Street Press, 9780932716835, 128pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

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Poetry. Winner of the 2014 Kelsey Street Press FIRSTS Contest. "Jasmine Dreame Wagner's RINGS spirals through the alphabet with both velocity and precision. To read this poetry is to feel your pulse quicken, for Wagner demonstrates form as energy and imagination. It's not that Wagner deploys her impressive gifts to make a world that coddles or eases the reader. The centrifugal force of her perception is fierce and compels us to acknowledge an innermost lacunae. Still, this is a work of strange jubilation. Wagner renews ruin and memory so that they become responsive. Welcome to the animate labyrinth." Elizabeth Robinson, contest judge

"Wagner's debut collection is an astounding, labyrinthine, and primordial environment where language is a refreshingly bewildering, alien thing: 'few could see the trees / for the fringe, the forest for its foreign language.' These poems are wild creatures sprawling into one another in a loose alphabetic form that is powerfully exercised, technically masterful, and encyclopedic in its scope." Publishers Weekly starred review.