Winner of the 2013 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize,
Selected by Ed Ochester
Price: $15.95 | ISBN: 9780822963172
The poems of Best Bones allude to landscapes of history, fable, and childhood myth, yet are fraught with modern day predicaments that create an atmosphere at once familiar and strange, playful and haunted, and verging on disaster. In these poems, the body is a working machine, a repository of childhood myth and archetype, and a window to the spiritual world. Here, mother has a reset button, servants blend into the furniture, and a doctor patiently oversees the pregnancy of the earth. Nordgren’s poems are visceral on the level of dream, or of a story that is half remembered and half fabricated.