Zoo at Night (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) (Paperback)

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Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Susan Gubernat's The Zoo at Night reflects with subtle craft on the dark side of love, death, the family romance, carnality, and lofty aspirations. She thinks of her poems as "night thoughts" resembling nocturnes, in which "a bit of light leaks in."

Both experimental and classic, Gubernat's poems combine formal and free verse elements. A (mostly) unrhymed sonnet sequence seeks to recall the world of a pre-digital childhood when physical objects--tactile, mechanical--took on totemic import and magical significance. Other poems echo the Rilkean principle that poetry can be empathetic by looking outward at the "thingness" of the world.

In these works of love and longing, Gubernat enters through the doors of craft and exits with feeling.

About the Author

Susan Gubernat is a professor of English at California State University, East Bay. She is the author of Flesh, winner of the Marianne Moore Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Analog House. An opera librettist, her major work, Korczak's Orphans, in collaboration with composer Adam Silverman, has been performed in a number of venues. She lives in Oakland, California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496202055
ISBN-10: 1496202058
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2017
Pages: 114
Language: English
Series: Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry