"We emerge from these poems, scathed and awakened."Poetry
"An excellent choice for any collection looking to expand poetry beyond the obvious."Library Journal, starred review
Trances of the Blast is a major new collection from beloved and award-winning poet Mary Ruefle. Full of the peculiarity and wit characteristic of Ruefle's work, the poems deliver her imaginative take on the world's riftsits paradoxes, failures, and lossand help us to better appreciate its redeeming strangeness.
From "Goodnight Irene":
I think the tree is very much turned on I can feel its sticky sap rising in my eyes Its sticky sap is in my eyes I do not think the tree wishes it were dead I think the baby is very much turned on Look baby a birdie in the tree Say bye-bye birdie now go out and get a job My job is writing poems and reading them to a cloud
Mary Ruefle is the author of many books of prose, poetry, and erasures. She is the recipient of the William Carlos Williams award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. Her book of lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey, was named a finalist for the National Books Critic Circle award. She lives and teaches in Vermont.
Saga Metaphysical Blight Spikenard The Estate of Single Blessedness Are We Alone? Is It Safe to Speak? Le Livre de ma Vie En Route Provenance Müller and Me Middle School Fireworks College Mimosa Greetings My Dear Ghost The Day New Morning Receiving News of the Devastation of My Mind Donkey On Midsummer at Jefferson Slough Jaroslav Goodnight Irene Nite Nite Marco Polo Little Eternities Favorite Song The Afternoon According to Saint Matthew On Velvet Turf Paris by Moonlight Albert Finney Agon Argot Helium Apologia Hold That Thought Ars Poetica Spider A Custom of Mourning Abdication A Penny for Your Thoughts One World at a Time Eric with the Light Brown Hair Happy Jumping Ahead Women in Labor Shalimar Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful The Bunny Gives Us a Lesson in Eternity Open Letter to My Ancestors Sawdust Broken Spoke Fall Leaf Studies Platonic Woodtangle Trances of the Blast White Buttons Faster Love Is All There Is The Seafood Fanciers Calm, How Darest Thou Wait The Art of Happiness For Carlos Literal Pipkins of the Mimulus Up Above Peridot Narrow Road to the North Wings of Love Dolorous Interlude Rumors of Earth What Went Ye Out Into May to See? Bloodroot Q&A Sudden Additional Energy Poem Written Before I Was Born Elegy for a Game With Love & Disregard Picking Up Pinecones