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It Is Daylight - Collins, Arda; Glück, Louise - Yale University Press
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Yale Series of Younger Poets

It Is Daylight

  • Arda Collins; Foreword by Louise Glück
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Arda Collins is the 2008 winner of the annual Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Mesmerizing and electric, her poems seem to be articulated in the privacy of an enclosed space. The poems are concrete and yet metaphysically challenging, both witty and despairing. Collins’ emotional complexity and uncommon range make this debut both thrillingly imaginative and ethical in its uncompromising attention to detail. In her Foreword, contest judge Louise Glück observes, “I know no poet whose sense of fraud, the inflated emptiness that substitutes for feeling, is more acute.” Glück calls Collins’ volume “savage, desolate, brutally ironic . . . a book of astonishing originality and intensity, unprecedented, unrepeatable.”

Arda Collins lives in Denver, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in poetry. Her poems have been published in journals and magazines including The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, A Public Space, and others. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where she was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow.

 

Snow On The Apples

(excerpt)

 

There was snow on the apples

somewhere.

You’re at home,

it’s getting dark out, rain

makes the cars louder.  Nobody

seems to be driving

the cars.  Someone has arranged

for them to be there going by,

six o’clock.  Someone has made

the sound of air in the room louder.

God? You say, but not aloud.  Since

there is no god, you have to be

both you and god….

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