Today's poem is "Ascent"
from Centaur

The University of Wisconsin Press

Greg Wrenn, a native of northeast Florida, is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and a recipient of the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Other poems by Greg Wrenn in Verse Daily:
December 26, 2007:   "One of the Magi" " Buggy baby, the Thou..."

Books by Greg Wrenn:

Other poems on the web by Greg Wrenn:
Two poems
"Brother on Brother"

Greg Wrenn's Website.

About Centaur:

"The magic here, like the best magic, transforms with each encounter. Fluid, tempered, atmospheric: Centaur is a beautiful, encompassing debut."
—Terrance Hayes

"Centaur testifies to the grave fact that humans can harm each other until they want to trade in their bodies: ‘I want to feel alive,’ says the man seeking to become a centaur as the book begins. This is a masterful poetic debut marked by lyric brilliance and difficult, yet gleaming, wisdom."
—Katie Ford

"The terrific, turbulent poems in Greg Wrenn’s Centaur seem as much etched as written—acid-exact, black promises on white possibilities, lines and space crosshatched with thrilling precision. These poems will startle you at first, and then haunt you long after."
—J. D. McClatchy

"These powerful poems mark the aliveness, suffering, and sensuality of the body. They map out erotic adventures and the loneliness of human need. They flout danger with superb lyric craft. But they don't stop there. Each poem offers a paradigm of yearning held together by a rare excellence of language and music. This is a marvelous debut collection."
—Eavan Boland

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