Poetry. Winner of the 2014 Kelsey Street Press FIRSTS! Contest. "Jasmine Dreame Wagner's RINGS spirals through the alphabet with both velocity and precision. To read this poetry is to feel your pulse quicken, for Wagner demonstrates form as energy and imagination. It's not that Wagner deploys her impressive gifts to make a world that coddles or eases the reader. The centrifugal force of her perception is fierce and compels us to acknowledge an innermost lacunae. Still, this is a work of strange jubilation. Wagner renews ruin and memory so that they become responsive. Welcome to the animate labyrinth."—Elizabeth Robinson, contest judge
"Wagner's debut collection is an astounding, labyrinthine, and primordial environment where language is a refreshingly bewildering, alien thing: 'few could see the trees / for the fringe, the forest for its foreign language.' These poems are wild creatures sprawling into one another in a loose alphabetic form that is powerfully exercised, technically masterful, and encyclopedic in its scope."—Publishers Weekly starred review
Jasmine Dreame Wagner is an American poet, artist, and musician. She is the author of ON A CLEAR DAY (Ahsahta Press, 2017), RINGS (Kelsey Street Press, 2014) and five chapbooks: Ask (Slope Editions), Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain, 2012), REWILDING (Ahsahta Press, 2013), Seven Sunsets (The Lettered Streets Press), The Stag (Dancing Girl Press) and an e-chapbook, True Crime (NAP). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Fence, Guernica, Hyperallergic, New American Writing, Seattle Review, Verse, and in two anthologies: The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press) and Lost and Found: Stories from New York (Mr. Beller's Neighborhood Books).
Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA