Winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

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“The Surface of Last Scattering is a brilliant book. From beginning to end, I felt my attention gripped by a true poet. A maker of stunning metaphors, Gray Jacobik revels in that swift and burning thought ‘like a line of sparking gunpowder wending toward a cache of dynamite.’ Here are poems of keen intelligence and disarming candor, ranging through a universe of feelings, from the barbed wit of “West of Tucson” to the poignancy of “Emily” and “Death is a Material Flower.” There are splendid love poems (“sleeping In,” “The Beloved’s Body”) and astonishing meditations on everything from apples to the custom of foot-binding to the nature of genius. To read Gray Jacobik’s work is to be pleasurably illuminated––to live in a wider and more finely comprehended world.” –– X. J. Kennedy


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