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Today's poem is "Manifesto"
from The World's Last Night


Carnegie Mellon Press

Margot Schilpp's work has been published in Denver Quarterly, American Letters & Commentary, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, The Journal, High Plains Literary Review, Verse, and others. She has been a fellow at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

About The World's Last Night:

"What a splendid lamination of paradoxes Margot Schilpp brings to The World's Last Night. She means to include everything, to sacrifice neither temperament nor resolve, neither craft nor wildness. She is a poet of supreme lyrical delicacy, yet the bold line is her mainstay. Such fusion in a lesser poet might seem merely ambitious, but for Schilpp, it is a signature of character. She is one of the finest young poets writing today."
—Rodney Jones

"The wonder of Margot Schilpp's poems is how they lead us along, from disposable diaper to traffic light to little doggy coat. She is maker of metaphoric necklaces, strung with chunks of amber inside of which is locked a secret history that is available to those who look at the world hard enough, and what laces these odd beads together is her quirky, exacting intellect. Reading these poems, one quickly come to trust that here is a poet who knows everything, though what she knows best is the mystery that precludes our ever really knowing anything. In between this knowing and not-knowing is where The World's Last Night exists: between is and isn't, of course and of course not, in the fissures of amber, in the blanks on the form."
—Lucia Perillo



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