Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Sidney Wade
Winner, USABookNews.com Best Book Award
The poems in Mapmaking, Megan Harlan's first poetry collection, span settings from contemporary Manhattan to prewar Paris, from the Arabian desert to the California coast, to explore the creative nature of place -- how people navigate the deeper landscapes of love and loss, home and dislocation, memory and imagination.
This book won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by poet and translator Sidney Wade, who writes, "The poems are constantly surprising, taking us to the far corner's of the poet's metaphorical maps, and, in her words, 'gesturing us to go further' . . . The poet constructs genuinely new topographies for us that offer significant and original inroads into our understanding of what it means to be human."
"[I]n uncharted lands somewhere between Elizabeth Bishop's Geography and Charles Olson's Maximus . . . Megan Harlan's work has the control of Bishop, the range and risk of Olson . . ." --John Matthias, Notre Dame Review
"A profound meditation on the permeability of past and present, nature and artifice, self and other, space and time, Mapmaking is a miracle of invention." --Alice Fulton
"This is imaginative writing at its very best -- visual, aural, metaphorical, ethical, and adventurous." --Sidney Wade, from the Foreword
Megan Harlan lived in seventeen different homes across four continents by the time she graduated from high school. She now lives in Berkeley, California. Recently Harlan's poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and Notre Dame Review. Harlan's short stories, travel writing, and book reviews have appeared widely, including in The New York Times, Alaska Quarterly Review, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. She holds degrees in creative writing from NYU and Tufts. Mapmaking is her first book. In 2014, Megan won the Confrontation Prize.
Excellent reading for those who value meditative, beautiful storytelling.—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review) ...
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