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Book Title

Voluntary Servitude

Subtitle
Poems
Author 1
Mark Wunderlich
Body
Sometimes the heart breaks. Sometimes
it is not held hostage. The red world
where cells prepare for the unexpected
splays open at the window's ledge.
Be not human you inhuman thing.
-from "Amaryllis"

The poems in Mark Wunderlich's Voluntary Servitude ask of the beloved, "You say, Don't wreck me, and I say I won't, but how can I know that?" Here the poet is both servant and master to memory, sex, family, and the will of the lover, and the resulting poems describe the physical and psychological constraints and releases of relationships at the breaking point.

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List Price
$15.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-55597-408-4
Format
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
64
Trim Size
Trim Size
6 x 9
Keynote
A chilling and masterful second poetry collection by Mark Wunderlich, author of the award-winning The Anchorage

About the Author

Mark  Wunderlich
Credit: Nicholas Kahn
Mark Wunderlich is the author of God of NothingnessThe Earth Avails, winner of the Rilke Prize; Voluntary Servitude; and The Anchorage, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. He teaches at Bennington College and lives in the Hudson Valley in New York.

http://www.markwunderlich.com/
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Praise

  • “No matter the topic, Wunderlich almost infallibly strikes a tone of humane feeling and aesthetic refinement.”—Contemporary Poetry Review
  • “[A] tugging and beautiful new book.”—Provincetown Arts
  • “These poems demonstrate line by line, like a series of erotic, metaphysical tricks, what Wunderlich does best—unleashing the energy in language, while at the same time binding it.”—OUT Magazine
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