Poetry. "If an echo is a 'pining into sound,' Kuhl rewrites it in a way that gives pining uncommon agency—this is not a 'pining away' but a pining toward, a pining into. It's vigorous; it's vivid, but nonetheless graceful in its manipulation of the layers and columns of the human psyche. Rangy in her syntax, tight in her rhythms and sounds, Kuhl exposes the intricacies of daily acts, events and sights, slowly extending them out beyond their own boundaries to where ghosts whisper into open mouths and the 'past is wild but almost / over.' This exceptional poet hits a new height with each new book, and the view from this one is great!"—Cole Swensen
Nancy Kuhl is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, ON HYSTERIA (2022), PINE TO SOUND (2015), SUSPEND (2010), and THE WIFE OF THE LEFT HAND (2007). She is the author of chapbooks including Little Winter Theater, The Nocturnal Factory, and In the Arbor. She is co-editor of Phylum Press, a small poetry publisher, and Curator of Poetry of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.