Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. In WINTER: EFFULGENCES AND DEVOTIONS, Sarah Vap documents the obstacles to writing a single poem over a twelve-year period. Her account becomes a confrontation with the insidious, radiating, pliant character of late capitalism. She encounters it as a rootless system, an airborne contagion, a toxin in the walls of our homes. Pursuing her distractions across the years, Vap makes certain commitments: to remember the wars that her country is waging, which are meant to be invisible to her; to mourn the deaths of whales by sonar; to hear though she is deaf; to be present for the loss of winter, as she knows it, from earth; and to herself, a profane and multifarious creature who possibly has a soul. Reeling from the nonstop "competition" that sustains the anthropocene's profiteers, Vap offers an unapologetic case study of encroachment, susceptibility, tenderness, porousness and endurance.
Sarah Vap is the author of seven books of poetry, poetics, and creative nonfiction, including WINTER: EFFULGENCES AND DEVOTIONS (Noemi Press, 2019), END OF THE SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY (Noemi Press, 2013), ARCO IRIS (Saturnalia Books, 2012), FAULKNER'S ROSARY (Saturnalia Books, 2010), and DUMMY FIRE (Saturnalia Books, 2007). She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, and was selected as winner of the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and was the Distinguished Hugo Writer the University of Montana. She received her BA from Brown University, her MFA from Arizona State University, and her PhD from the University of Southern California. She has been faculty for the past five years in the MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University. Vap was raised in Missoula, Montana. Author City: Skokomish Valley, WA USA