Poetry. The 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, selected by Rae Armantrout, is Julie Carr's provocative 100 NOTES ON VIOLENCE. Carr obsessively researches intimate terrorism, looking everywhere from Whitman and Dickinson to lists of phobias and weapon-store catalogs for answers. This book is a dream-document both of light and innocence—babies and the urge to protect them—and of giving in to a wrenching darkness, where despair lies in the very fact that no single factor is to blame.
Author City: Denver, CO USA
Julie Carr's first book, Mead: An Epithalamion, won the University of Georgia Press's contemporary poetry prize for 2004. Her other books are EQUIVOCAL (Alice James Books, 2007); 100 NOTES ON VIOLENCE (Ahsahta Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize selected by Rae Armantrout; and SARAH—OF FRAGMENTS AND LINES (Coffee House Press, 2010), a National Poetry Series winner chosen by Eileen Myles. Carr's poems have appeared in such journals as VOLT, American Letters & Commentary, Pool, Verse, The Iowa Review, Boston Review, and TriQuarterly. She lives in Denver and teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Reviews and Other Links
Ray McDaniel at The Constant Critic
John Findura at New Pages
Ellen Welcker in Gently Read Literature
interview by Andrew Zawacki @ Rain Taxi
interview by Sara Mumolo and Alisa Heinzman@ Studio One Reading Series blog
Jon Curley @ Galatea Resurrects
One of Library Journal's Five Best Poetry Books of 2010
Mia Nussbaum @ Jacket2
"'The book about violence must be a book of quotations' according to Julie Carr in 100 NOTES ON VIOLENCE, 'For everyone speaks about violence.' Few have spoken or written on the subject with the desperate accuracy and the incendiary beauty of this disturbing, necessary book. Here, the quotations include statistics and news reports as well as the more traditional poetic forms, all to engage finally a light like that of the sun, 'its daily insurrection, daily assault.'"
"In this polyphonic poem the voices of care-givers, killers, and children commingle and, disturbingly, sometimes overlap. Innocence and guilt are never far apart. 'At the pool the boy in cammies reads an encyclopedia of weapons.' This book has a great moral complexity, gravitas, and courage."
Rae Armantrout, judge of the 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize