By Dara Barrois/Dixon (formerly Dara Wier)
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
ISBN# 9781950268528 (5.5x8, 96pp, paperback)
ISBN# 9781950268535(5.5x8, 96pp, limited edition hardcover)
With the same tender honesty found in all of Dara Barrois/Dixon’s poetry, the poems in Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina are curious about the world we inhabit and the worlds we create. Barrois/Dixon brings generous attention to the things we love—be they animals, books, skyscapes, movies, poems, or other human beings—and the ways in which our stories around them help shape our sense of being. Here, with emotional exactitude, is a collection of poems that is unafraid to express “love humor despair loving kindness love humor empathy/humor joy sympathy love kindness courage.”
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Dara Barrois/Dixon is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including In the Still of the Night (Wave Books, 2017), which was named “Best Poetry Book of 2017” by Publishers Weekly; You Good Thing (Wave Books, 2013); Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2009); Remnants of Hannah (Wave Books, 2006); Reverse Rapture (Verse Press, 2005, 2006 SFSU Poetry Center Book Award); Hat On a Pond (Verse Press, 2002); and Voyages in English (Carnegie Mellon, 2001). Also among her works are the limited editions (X In Fix) in Rain Taxi’s Brainstorm Series, Fly on the Wall (Oat City Press), and The Lost Epic, co-written with James Tate (Waiting for Godot Books, 1999). Her poetry has been supported by fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the American Poetry Review. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-directs the University of Massachusetts’ Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action.