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Dark~Sky Society
Ailish Hopper



First Book

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2014 • 97 pp. 6 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-936970-27-8



“We are fragmented—we fragment ourselves—move through time as one fragment then another and an other and so on—we fragment history—and poems... [continued in Reviews below]”—Wesley Rothman, American Microreviews and Interviews

Reviews / Endorsements

“We are fragmented—we fragment ourselves—move through time as one fragment then another and an other and so on—we fragment history—and poems are their own fragments—of existence and/or the poet and/or language that the poet wrangles with some relationship to a fragment of existence. Rarely are these fragments actually clean-cut, nameable, identifiable. People are messy, poems are hacked up and hacked out pieces of us or what we try to name. Ailish Hopper’s Dark~Sky Society is a sturdy showing of this fragmentation. Nearly every poem possesses a scissored syntax and form, its progression chopped into moments of clarity that blur over and through one another; and by the end of the book, a wholeness seems identifiable, but the fragmentary nature of it obscures certainty.”—Wesley Rothman, American Microreviews and Interviews

“[T]he taut economy of Ailish Hopper’s syntax befits a chronicler bent on this government town’s nightly collapse of the personal and sociopolitical….Hopper’s poems dance on this divided skein with sculpted and oblique turns of phrase — lyrical arabesques constructed in terse verbal defiance…. Consider her verse coiled and sprung; and, to paraphrase an exalted homegrown colloquialism, ‘busted loose’.”—Greg Tate



AILISH HOPPER is the author of Dark~Sky Society (New Issues), selected by David St. John, and the chapbook, Bird in the Head (Center for Book Arts), selected by Jean Valentine. Individual poems have appeared in journals including Agni, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review , Ploughshares , Poetry, and Tidal Basin Review, as well as many others. She has received support from the Maryland State Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and teaches at Goucher College, in Baltimore.



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