Highly anticipated poems from beloved contemporary poet Dara Barrois/Dixon (née Dara Wier).
In her latest collection, Dara Barrois/Dixon brings generous attention to the things we love—be they animals, books, skyscapes, movies, poems, or other human beings—and the ways in which our stories around them help shape our sense of being.
With the same tender honesty found in all of her poetry, the poems in Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina are curious about the world we inhabit and the worlds we create. Here, with emotional exactitude, is a collection of poems that is unafraid to express "love humor despair loving kindness love humor empathy/humor joy sympathy love kindness courage."
If You Are Lucky
Being Nervous Is Only Human
Where Inanimate Objects Have the Sturdiness of Intoxication Momentarily Evanesced
Things Art Can Do, Part One and Part Two
Simile for Its Own Sake
Perfect Imitation of Something Familiar
During the Time You Are Deceased
A Few of the Crimes You’ve Committed Against My Heart
Wanderlust, Heartache, Nostalgia, Burning Desire
Trance of Sorrow
Dusty Rabbits in Cosmos Borders
I Feel Sorry for You Someone Said to Me Over and Over Again
This Is What There Is
I Have a Little Extra Mercy
Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina
Notes & Evidence
“Her directed and charged language is a reminder of how vital and vivid poetry can be.” —American Poet
"Without pedantry or obfuscation, Wier’s lines cohere into a philosophical discourse about the poet’s relationship with the world." —Publishers Weekly, starred review