6 x 9, 72 pp.
Pub Date: 02/28/2003
Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry
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Published by University of North Texas Press

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Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2002


By Rush Rankin

Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2002.

In these dramatic poems, the agon pits ideas against the lurch and drift of bodies. Both are necessary, as the hand is necessary to write the poem, and both are reconciled here by a sensitivity to the pleasures of melodic form.

Rush Rankin has published in The Failure of Grief, as well as in such journals as The Paris Review and Triquarterly. He currently teaches theory and literature at the Kansas City Art Institute.

What Readers Are Saying:

Bene-Dictions is a canny, unnerving book. Its cool manners seem to hold compassion at bay; but its irony is a cleansing discipline which allows it to conjure complex lusts, hurts, and injustices without self-pity and, apparently, without delusion. These poems describe a world in which ‘Tenderness is an accident of character/ or energy, or just a side-effect/ of having failed at what you wanted,’ but in which the reader, to read the effect of rain on paper, ‘opens the book/ in a storm, as though to find the world itself in tears.’” --Rosanna Warren, judge

“If the long hours in offices of the mind elect for us meaningfulness, they must always eventually find the human heart. Then Rankin's vivid and surprising poems map that movement where as Rilke insists, what is sublime is mundane, and everything that falls must somehow in shadow/act, rise.” --Norman Dubie


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