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Publish Date: July 2012
The Alphabet Not Unlike the World
BY Katrina Vandenberg
In her highly ambitious second collection of poems, Katrina Vandenberg writes from the intersection of power and forgiveness. With poems named for letters of the Phoenician alphabet, and employing such innovative forms as the ancient ghazal, Vandenberg deciphers the seemingly indecipherable in this emotionally poignant collection. Moving between the physical and the abstract, the individual and the collective, The Alphabet Not Unlike the World unearths meaning—with astonishing beauty—from the pain of loss and separation.
• Read “Forgiveness Through Poetry,” a dialogue between Katrina Vandenberg and fellow poet Jim Moore.
• Stream Katrina Vandenberg on MPRs All Things Considered below.
• Watch Katrina Vandenberg read from The Alphabet Not Unlike the World at the Poetry, Women and Publishing Event below.
“Vandenberg’s prosodic gift takes us to the breezy edge of the line. In traditional forms like the ghazal, witty alphabet poems, and cyclonic, free verse, she reminds us that truth already is slant, ‘Hell is holding onto a secret, some of us already know.’”
—Kristin Naca, author of Bird Eating Bird
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“Vanderberg [shows] remarkable restraint when telling stories. She trusts her reader enough to leave these spare images uncluttered with explanation. More important, her reader can trust that fine writing and poetic logic will carry these poems as they travel across the wide spaces between what we understand.”
"Vandenberg finds ways of representing — making signs for — the things she has lived through; she makes intensely private experiences into doorways through which the reader enters."—Éireann Lorsung, Cerise Press