Beautiful Zero

Beautiful Zero

Beautiful Zero

“These poems get under your skin and stay there.” —JIM MOORE
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Incantatory, intimate, and incendiary, the poems in this award-winning debut collection—selected by Dana Levin as the winner of the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry—are filled with explosive wit and humor like “a knife you don’t see coming.”

A kaleidoscopic intelligence flows through Beautiful Zero, embracing forms of culture high and low. Poems about Shark Week and college football sit beside biting critiques of modern war. A series of poems set in a Kaiser Permanente hospital tear into the world of privatized health care while simultaneously charting a story of love in the face of catastrophe. Yet even at her most surreal, Jennifer Willoughby always finds the pulsing heart at the core of the poem. She embraces what she cannot understand about both the world and herself because, after all, “Nothing is as random as they say it is. / You were born the weirdo that you are.”

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Jennifer Willoughby

Jennifer Willoughby is the recipient of the 2015 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry for her debut collection, Beautiful Zero, selected by Dana Levin. She lives in Minneapolis, MN and works as a freelance advertising copywriter.

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