“Again deepens the rhetoric of idioms and presidential tweets, restoring adjectives like “tremendous” and “terrific” to complexity and nuance. Perrine looks both at what the individual self and individual words mean in a country that feels dystopian. These poems speak to the collective of a nation who is bearing a time full of disconnection and emotional hungers, but still ‘among the most decent of sinners.’ With these sensuous and often mythic makeovers, language shines again, even burns, but most importantly words start to mean again.”
—Traci Brimhall, author of Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod
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No Confession, No Mass
Winner of the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry,
the 2015 Bisexual Book Award for Poetry,
& the 2016 Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award
“No Confession, No Mass is lyrical, inventive, and full of surprises, offering us fresh ways of seeing old stories. The music is a delight throughout—agile and apt—language enjoying itself! Jennifer Perrine writes: ‘and returned her whole, startled raw, launched her back into the world.’ This is what fine poetry can do—and No Confession, No Mass does it.”
—Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar
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In the Human Zoo
Winner of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry
“Jennifer Perrine’s poems, saturated in taut emotion and even in overt violence, are yet cooled, disciplined, by rigorous rendering, carefully evoked locations and descriptions. Jennifer Perrine is a deeply committed poet, intelligent, intense and perceptive of the minutiae of inner and outer human trauma.”
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The Body Is No Machine
Winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry
“Jennifer Perrine is a poet of formal agility and surprise, with a command of language that ranges from the spare to the luxuriously rampant, from the scientific to the ecstatic. The Body Is No Machine—indeed! Here we see the sensual body in all its chameleon shades of gender and passion. These poems are exact, intelligent, vivid, thrilling—a first book to admire, and a poet to watch.”
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