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Trophic Cascade

Winner of the Colorado Book Award in Poetry (2018)

In this fourth book in a series of award-winning survival narratives, Dungy writes positioned at a fulcrum, bringing a new life into the world even as her elders are passing on. In a time of massive environmental degradation, violence and abuse of power, a world in which we all must survive, these poems resonate within and beyond the scope of the human realms, delicately balancing between conflicting loci of attention. Dwelling between vibrancy and its opposite, Dungy writes in a single poem about a mother, a daughter, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, brittle stars, giant boulders, and a dead blue whale. These poems are written in the face of despair to hold an impossible love and a commitment to hope. A readers companion will be availabe at wesleyan.edu/wespress/readerscompanions.

Review

“Dungy asks how we can survive despair and finds her answers close to the earth.”—Diana Whitney, Kenyon Review

“Trophic Cascade frequently bears witness-to violence, to loss, to environmental degradation-but for Dungy, witnessing entails hope.”—Julie Swarstad Johnson, Harvard Review Online

“Beneath her matter-of-fact, easy-going, sit-yourself-down, let-me-tell-it-like-it-is chatifying. Her power we take deadly seriously.”—Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews

“[Trophic Cascade] asks us, in spite of the pain or difficulty of being human today, to find joy and vibrancy in our experiences”—Elizabeth Flock, PBS Newshour

“[W]hat it means to be truly alive seeps into even the simplest of actions … Dungy’s poems depict a universe of clockwork precision whose logic can be too complex for mortal minds”—Publishers Weekly

Endorsement

"Earthly and visionary, a soulful reckoning for our twenty-first century, held in focus through echoes of the past and future, but always firmly rooted in now. Each poem is a bridge in the music of a language that we believe and trust, that heals."—Yusef Komunyakaa, author of Pleasure Dome

"This is the work of a feminist whose voice is confident, authoritative—it is a book that does not wonder about or meditate on so much as sing, declare, witness, order, elegize. Dungy's poems manifest an uneasy self-perception, but—or I should say, and—their source is strength and love. The combination makes Trophic Cascade urgent and necessary."—Joy Katz, author of All You Do Is Perceive

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