Today's poem is "Dark Spots"
from Enchantée

Oberlin College Press

Angie Estes is the author of four previous books, most recently Tryst (2009), which was selected as one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Her second book, Voice-Over (2002), won the 2001 FIELD Poetry Prize and was also awarded the 2001 Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Her first book, The Uses of Passion (1995), was the winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize. The recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a Pushcart Prize, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the Ohio Arts Council, and has been awarded artist residencies by The MacDowell Colony and the Lannan Foundation.

Other poems by Angie Estes in Verse Daily:
June 18, 2009:   "It Is Virtually Without Thickness and Has Almost" "no weight. If rubbed between forefinger..."
April 20, 2009:   "Take Cover" "and couvre feu, cover the fire..."
October 31, 2007:   "Takeoff" " Mistaken, taken for..."
November 8, 2006:   "The House in Good Taste" " would be one way to think of..."
July 8, 2005:   "Requiem" "Each October the house beyond..."
June 6, 2005:  "Apostrophe" ""How many in a field..."
July 15, 2004:  "Proverbs" "Mortise and tenon, tongue..."
January 19, 2004:  "Kind of Blue" "So the universe is not blue..."

Books by Angie Estes:

Other poems on the web by Angie Estes:
"Almost Autumn"
"I Want to Talk about You"
Three poems
Four poems
Two poems
Three poems
"True Confessions"
"Cell 7: The Mocking of Christ"

Angie Estes's Website.

Angie Estes According to Wikipedia.

About Enchantée:

"Angie Estes has recently created some of the most beautiful verbal objects on the planet."
—Stephen Burt

"Enchantée is a dazzling book of metamorphoses. At first, Angie Estes' words stand out bright as silver tacks on the page, and in the next instant her words shift and glide, turn sinuous, and trail in their wake startling perceptions about memory, sorrow, innocence, and knowledge. Any one of Estes' poems may remind us of a gorgeous hanging garden—until the poem spans distances and evokes a sky starred with constellations. And then, in a blink, the poem shifts shape yet again."
—Lee Upton

"Enchantée: you will be, when you meet these poems. The enchantment has to do with incantation: the way Angie Estes puts experience into song. She lets words take the initiative, as Mallarmé said poets must, to see where the secret logic of sound will lead. Ricocheting among languages, places, and time periods, the play is plangent, tinged by nostalgia historical and personal. But Estes is too fascinated with what is happening on the page, and the next one after that, too interested in poetry's potential, to get hung up about the past. This is a poetry of style, elegance, and fresh surprise, for the ear and the eye, the heart and the mind. It reminds me why I read."
—Langdon Hammer

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