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Thigh's Hollow
Dan Rosenberg

2015 • 48 pp. 5 1/2 x 7"
Poetry - American

$11.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-013-7

Winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize

Thigh’s Hollow locates the wound Jacob suffers from wrestling with a divine stranger, but in a voice more Esau than Jacob: a “box this telling comes through not of.” These transgressions leave a longing in their wake, a fundamentally alienated “nameless crawling upward I.” This upward crawl brings us ever closer, through syntactic doubling and punning and play, to genuine communion. Through these bent and brimming poems, we witness a wounded voice trying to heal itself: “my very defenses / grow in me the pearl.”

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“Is ‘making’ a funeral for life? As if. But bodies of human things are earthbound and they do require a different muttering utterance to make sense of that transformation from endless spirit into carnal form. That is the wrestling with the highest stakes. Dan Rosenberg is concerned by time and by time I mean his lyrics are epic. Epic because they ask the hero to fail and in failure is the truest quality of a muscle or a body or like to be known.”—Kazim Ali, judge of the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest

DAN ROSENBERG is the author of The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and cadabra (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015). He has also written two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands (Tilt Press, 2010) and Thigh’s Hollow (Omnidawn, forthcoming 2015), and he co-translated Miklavz Komelj’s Hippodrome (Zephyr Press, forthcoming 2015). Rosenberg earned an M.F.A. at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia. He teaches literature and creative writing at Wells College and co-edits Transom.

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