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Strange Wood


Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize Series

64 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / no illustrations


  Paperback / 9780807123508 / March 1998

“The talismanic haunts the domestic in Kevin Prufer’s Strange Wood. I find myself surprised at each turning. These poems are seductive, ominous, moving, at times funny, at times riddling, casting always forth beyond the known.” —Eric Pankey, author of The Late Romances

Strange Wood contains verse remarkable for its fearless insight. The first poems in this lush, lyrical collection are populated with infants and adolescents, while the middle section gives way to bewildered, misguided adults, who are futilely attempting to understand and conquer the myriad difficulties of modern life. The last poems are concerned with deaths — in the family, in history, and in the abstract. In this astounding debut, Prufer reminds us of the fragility of life in a world where “everything’s / the chance for flying / failing somehow,” and loss is the hardest truth of all—“the body blooms, unfolding / then is gone.” 

Kevin Prufer is assistant professor of creative writing at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg and coeditor of Pleiades.

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