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Instant Winner: Poems (Penguin Poets) (Paperback)

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"I'm as tired as you ae of genius. Hey,/do you know where we put the sky?" Carrie Fountain askes in her poem "Surprise." These poems come from a place where no one's being awarded cash prizes over the phone or making New Year's resolutions, but time rinses tiny lovely moments anyway.

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A moving, authentic exploration of spirituality and the domestic from a prize-winning poet

The wry, supple poems in Carrie Fountain's second collection take the form of prayers and meditations chronicling the existential shifts brought on by parenthood, spiritual searching, and the profound, often beguiling experience of being a self, inside a body, with a soul. Fountain's voice is at once deep and loose, enacting the dawning of spiritual insight, but without leaving the daily world, matching the feeling of the "pure holiness in motherhood" with the "thuds the giant dumpsters make behind the strip mall when they're tossed back to the pavement by the trash truck." In these wise, accessible, deeply emotional poems, she captures a contemporary longing for spiritual meaning that's wary of prepackaged wisdom--a longing answered most fully by attending to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

About the Author

Carrie Fountain was born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico. Her debut collection, Burn Lake, was published by Penguin in 2010. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Agni, and Tin House. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143126638
ISBN-10: 0143126636
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Pages: 74
Language: English
Series: Penguin Poets