Poetry. Women's Studies. Science. Winner of the 2015 Washington Prize. Building technology into linguistic pyrotechnics into questions of human procreation, Duffey challenges the reader's mind to engage on countless levels. Jacqueline Osherow says, "Who would have believed that machines could be so sexy, that 'a piston in its shaft' would make us blush? Duffey gives not only life to machines, but eroticism and pathos, uses machines to reveal those essential qualities in us. And she does this in language so extraordinarily acute and precise that we might be tempted to think her poems are themselves, machines, except for the fact that each is so eccentric, so singular, so movingly and exquisitely human." James Allen Hall says, "There is nothing simple about SIMPLE MACHINES—except perhaps the withering statements that strike ache into the heart, or the images that haunt us after reading Duffey's gorgeous words."
Barbara Duffey is a 2015 NEA Literature Fellow in poetry and author of the collection I Might Be Mistaken as well as the chapbooks The Circus of Forgetting and The Verge of Thirst. Her poems appear in such publications as Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, Western Humanities Review, and Best New Poets 2009, and her prose in CutBank and The Collagist. An assistant professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University, she holds a PhD from the University of Utah and an MFA from the University of Houston.Author City: MITCHELL, SD USA