Velocity

These are courageous poems. The music, the language, which I love, is based on a terrific sense of things, and I don't know if it is the music or the knowledge which I most admire. This is a wide-eyed, assertive, wild, well-read, street-smart, edgy, loving, suffering, heaven-crazed poet. It's a joy to find her.
Gerald Stern
Winner of the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

Velocity time travels through memory and conjecture, yet Krygowski’s poems–often sad, sometimes humorous, always generous–return us continually to the beautiful and difficult here-and-now. Lovingly grounded in the ordinary, these are thinking poems–tightly crafted, accessible inquiries more interested in exploring stark and complicated knowledge than in proclaiming it. The poems, which use a sister’s death as a touchstone, dwell in the overlap of emotions. Loss touches happiness, desire touches fear, love touches futile knowing. Krygowski’s unstoppable energy for seeking and revealing disparate thoughts and emotions makes the collection wholly human. This fresh, surprising voice speaks for the intelligent heart in each of us.

80 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

September, 2007

isbn : 9780822959779

about the author

Nancy Krygowski

Nancy Krygowski is an adult literacy instructor and codirector of the Gist Street Reading Series. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, 5 A.M., and other magazines. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant and awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

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