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The Atheist Wore Goat Silk


96 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations

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  Paperback / 9780807165683 / February 2017
In her third collection of poems, The Atheist Wore Goat Silk, Anna Journey once again celebrates the profusion of sensuality erupting from the material world. As she weaves dark fables, luminous family memories, and hard-edged personal tales into a singular fabric, Journey charts the boundaries of absence and departure, delineating the separations that we often hope to stitch back together at the intersections of the body and the imagination.
Rhythmically charged and lyrically narrative, these poems are rich with verbal cascades and currents of mordant reflections. Throughout this collection, both readers and the poet are linked by a delicate and elegantly spun web of verse.

Anna Journey is the author of the poetry collections Vulgar Remedies and If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting, which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series, and the essay collection An Arrangement of Skin. Journey has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. She teaches at the University of Southern California.

Praise for The Atheist Wore Goat Silk

"Journey’s conceit is the Confessional mode in which each memory is her performance, a rebellious-booted rockabilly New Southern Belle dropping acid under a dogwood or getting the blue tattoo of a sweet-potato barcode on her arm or up late remembering to feed a stray fox, chewing her fried chicken wing corsage." — excerpt from a review by Miguel Murphy

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