Today's poem is "Blue Whale"
from Best Bones

University of Pittsburgh Press

Sarah Rose Nordgren’s poems have appeared in Agni, Ploughshares, the Iowa Review, the Harvard Review, the Literary Review, the Best New Poets anthology, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Other poems by Sarah Rose Nordgren in Verse Daily:
September 4, 2013:   "The Performance" "It's not right that she should do this..."

Books by Sarah Rose Nordgren:

Other poems on the web by Sarah Rose Nordgren:
"The Weed"
"The Cell"
"The St. Bernard Soap Factory"
"Mother, Pressed"
Two poems
"Laying the Cloth, et cetera"
"Mother, Pressed"
Four poems

Sarah Rose Nordgren's Website.

Sarah Rose Nordgren on Twitter.

About Best Bones:

"Sarah Rose Nordgren’s poems are part science fiction, part surrealism, part Alice in Wonderland and wholly original, playful and personal."
—Ed Ochester

"Sarah Rose Nordgren’s Best Bones is a book rich in architecture and the bones of architecture. She shows us ‘what a long hinge the body makes’—and reminds us that there are indeed ‘stories we live in against nature’ and ‘rooms . . . built from twine.’ The voices and narratives within her poems do more than haunt; they resound, reverberate within and without the lyric enclosures she has made for them. Best Bones is beautiful—a stunning, welcome debut."
—Claudia Emerson

"With her love for fable and folklore, her courting of the uncanny, and her intensive use of dramatic monologue, Sarah Rose Nordgren arrives among us with a minutes-to-midnight voice: stagy, controlling, and quietly alarmed, but always intimate—an indiscreet whisper telling us of events and feelings that we must give ourselves up to totally. Its shadow life glows as keenly as the light, and its light seems almost helpless. A terrific debut by a poet to watch."
—David Rivard

"Startling and alive, Sarah Rose Nordgren’s Best Bones introduces a poet of intense lyricism and narrative compression. These deeply felt poems have an ineffable strangeness yet a sense of rightness. Some terrify like childhood stories. Some amaze like myths. All are beautifully imagined, hauntingly observant, and contain a dynamic tension between the cool surface of craft and the human heat of the heart. Ready yourself, American poetry, for this phenomenal new voice."
—Stuart Dischell

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