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For the Love of Endings
Ben Purkert

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2018 • 74 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-945588-05-1

Ben Purkert’s debut poetry collection celebrates and laments the disintegration of our relationships and our world

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.

Reviews / Endorsements

“If human life becomes extinct on our planet, I want this book to float out into the cosmos to reach future and existing forms of intelligence— to let them know there was at least one beautiful/difficult, dark/brilliant side to us earthlings.” —Brenda Shaughnessy

“In his striking and inventive debut, Ben Purkert writes lyrical riffs about twenty-first century loneliness. His language is always striking sparks, alighting on both the poignant and the haunting: ‘When our minds wander, they go alone.’ In these poems consolation is in the distance, but their linguistic pleasures are skin-close. For the Love of Endings is a tremendous beginning. It marks the arrival of a singular voice.” —Eduardo C. Corral

For the Love of Endings is an arresting debut. Purkert is unembarrassed by the minor key, the mindbending yet subtle shift. A swift, funny, tender scenemaker (‘sword toothpicks in Swiss / cubes’), Purkert invokes his ex, maps his mind, and in the title sequence offers a mini ars poetica. These are compact yet aerated poems, studded by the detritus of the contemporary—Coke labels, microwaves, computer screens, billboards— yet grounded in the breakable heart. This is a poetry that makes a place for the tangential, the trace, the touch, a tomorrow.” —Maureen N. McLane

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.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:58:12 -0500