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Trances of the Blast

Mary Ruefle

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"One of the wisest books I've read in years, and it would be a shame to think that only poets will read it."--David Kirby, The New York Times Book Review, on Madness, Rack, and Honey

"What a civil, undomesticable, and heartening poet is Mary Ruefle . . . any Ruefle poem is an occasion of resonant wit and language, subject to an exacting intelligence."--Rodney Jones, Poetry Society of America, William Carlos Williams Award citation

Trances of the Blast is a major new collection from recent National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Mary Ruefle. Full of Ruefle's particular wisdom and wit, the poems deliver her imaginative take on the world's rifts--its paradoxes, failures, and loss--and help us better appreciate its redeeming strangeness.

If only I'd understood that loneliness
was just loneliness, only loneliness
and nothing more.

But I was blind.
Little did I know.
If only I'd invented salt.
I might have died happy.
I wish I loved you,
but you can't have everything.

Mary Ruefle is the author of many books of prose, poetry, and erasures. She is the recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. Her book of lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey, was named a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives and teaches in Vermont.

Wave Books, 9781933517735, 113pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2013



About the Author

Mary Ruefle is the author of many books, including Dunce(Wave Books, 2019), which is both a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and the LA Times Book Award; My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016); Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013); Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism; and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), which was the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Robert Creeley Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, where she serves as the state's poet laureate.