Bone Map

Bone Map

Bone Map

“These poems, like light, clarify even as they pierce.”
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Selected for the National Poetry Series by Martha Collins, Sara Eliza Johnson’s stunning, deeply visceral first collection pulls shards of tenderness from a world on the verge of collapse.

Here violence and terror infuse the body, the landscape, and dreams: a handful of blackberries offered from bloodied arms, bee stings likened to pulses of sunlight, a honeycomb of marrow exposed. “All moments will shine if you cut them open. / Will glisten like entrails in the sun.” With figurative language that makes long, associative leaps, and with metaphors and images that continually resurrect themselves across poems, Bone Map builds and transforms its world through a locomotive echo—a regenerative force—that comes to parallel the psychic quest for redemption that unfolds in its second half. The result is a deeply affecting composition that establishes Sara Eliza Johnson as a vital new voice in American poetry.

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Sara Eliza Johnson

Sara Eliza Johnson is the author of Bone Map, a 2013 National Poetry Series Winner. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Johnson is currently Managing Editor of Quarterly West and teaches online courses in poetry through 24 Pearl Street, the online writing program of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.

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