How does it feel to lose your planet, your lover, yourself? Ben Purkert's debut collection, For the Love of Endings, tests what connects us to this earth and to each other. His brilliantly crafted poems examine "the gap / between the world & how / people paint it: dark, distant, there / for the taking." He makes us look at our disintegrating world head on and see what we've done to it, and what it has done to us.
Ben Purkert teaches creative writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. His poems and essays have appeared in Agni, Boston Review, Guernica, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and NYU, where he was a New York Times Fellow. He lives in New York.
"Essay Poems is Donald Wellman’s most ambitious volume of poetry to date. The verses absorb everything including several languages besides English (Spanish, Latin, German, French). His poetry evokes the universe seen from the all-encompassing point of view of Borges’ Aleph. The center slips away. There is no sense of personal identity. But someone emerges, with a liquid body. Information, quotations agglomerate and turn around in a dancing vortex propelled by a horror vacui. Allusions dart in every direction as the richness of the text overwhelms the reader." – Roberto Echavarren
Donald Wellman is a poet and translator. He has translated books of poetry by Antonio Gamoneda, Emilio Prados, Yvan Goll, and Roberto Echavarren, including Albiach/Celan: Reading Across Languages. His Expressivity in Modern Poetry is forthcoming from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. His poetry has been described as trans-cultural and baroque. His collections of poetry include Roman Exercises, The Cranberry Island Series, A North Atlantic Wall, Prolog Pages, and Fields. His latest book is Essay Poems. As editor of O.ARS, he produced a series of annual anthologies including Coherence and Translations: Experiments in Reading.
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