God of Nothingness
- “Wunderlich . . . strikes a note of elegiac unease [in God of Nothingness]. . . . The poem ‘My Night with Jeffrey Dahmer,’ as chilling as its title, owes much of its power to the poet’s ability to orchestrate a suspensefully blended tone of dread and desire.”—Library Journal
I am free from longing to be free; I do as I please,
my money is my own, all the mistakes I make are only my mistakes.
What is it to look at something you made and see the future?
What is it to have someone made by your body, but whose mind
remains just out of reach? I’ll never know. Come here, little rabbit.
Eat these greens. I will pet your cloudy fur with the mind’s hand.
—from “The Son I’ll Never Have”
- “The superb fourth collection from Wunderlich disarms with its directness, humor, and pathos.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
- “God of Nothingness is a folkloric investigation into death and its resounding implications on our humanity and significance.”—The Arkansas International
- "Erotic, folkloric, elegiac, philosophic, aesthetic, lyric, queer and rural and utterly haunted (but without the usual messiness of haunting), Wunderlich transcends downward and takes us with him. . . . I am in love with The God of Nothingness, which is permeated, it turns out, with a majestic somethingness.”—Diane Seuss
- “Mark Wunderlich’s poems are alarmingly wise, lyrically charged, and built out of an almost otherworldly clarity. . . . Wunderlich makes an argument not for beauty but for a clear-eyed resilience. God of Nothingness is a book that is as devastating as it is life-affirming, a weapon that both wounds and saves.”—Ada Limón