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Ash Bowen is the author of THE EVEN YEARS OF MARRIAGE, winner of the 2012 Orphic Book Prize. Other work has appeared in Best New Poets, Kenyon Review Online, Best of the Net, New England Review, Blackbird, and elsewhere in print and online. He studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas and the University of North Texas, where his doctoral dissertation won the 2012 Toulouse Dissertation Award. He lives in Alabama where he teaches undergraduate creative writing and literature at the U of A in Tuscaloosa.
A memorable and stunning first book of poetry by Mr. Bowen, which will stay accessible on my shelf at least until he publishes another. These are finely crafted poems, unflinching depictions of the messiness of life interwoven with unexpected fragility, longing, and hope. These poems are fragments of the fabric of humanity; I literally shivered when I finished reading it for the first time. Highly recommended.
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