By Magdalena Zurawski
Publication Date: April 02, 2019
Taking readers from suburban carports to wintry Russian novels, from summer tomato gardens to the sublime interiors of presleep thoughts, Magdalena Zurawski’s poems anchor the complexities of our interconnected world in the singularity of the human experience. Balancing artistic experimentation with earnest expression, achingly real detail with dazzling prismatic abstraction, humor with frustration, light with dark, she offers a book of great human depth that is to be carried around, opened to anywhere, and encountered.
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In her latest collection of poems, The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom, Magdalena Zurawski investigates the complexities of the human experience through experimentation and total sincerity, concrete details and radiant abstractions, humor and hurt.
Ross Nervig, Bayou Magazine
Central to this volume is an interest in resisting and interrogating closure, but Zurawski does not sacrifice clarity in her explorations of the existentially elusive; on the contrary, a sure-footed voice grounds us in these poems, one marked by the clear-eyed intelligence of a mind that cannot help but see beauty and even humor in the act of wrestling with oneself and one’s position in the world.
Laura Eve Engel, Academy of American Poets
Zurawski’s work thrives by virtue of its formal collision with the docu-soap. Unifying the two modes of Tiniest Muzzle and Song of Freedom creates a central paradox that drives the collection. Language carries the imperative to capture, to store, to preserve. But what it portends to preserve is the experience of unending displacement and mobility.
J. Peter Moore, Hyperallergic
Zurawksi’s poems engage both a thoughtful, exploratory meandering and such a willful precision, enough that any line or thought might slice a reader in two. She utilizes abstracts to speak truth, and lyric language to both capture and evade an incredibly precise sequence of meanings.
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Magdalena Zurawski is the author of The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom (Wave Books, forthcoming 2019), the novel The Bruise, which won the Ronald Sukenick Award from FC2 in 2008 and a LAMBDA literary award in 2009, and the collection of poems Companion Animal, which was published by Litmus Press in 2015 and won a Norma Faber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. She attended Brown University where she studied with poets Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop, C.D. Wright, and Peter Gizzi. She has lived in Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Durham, NC where she ran the Minor American Reading Series. She is currently Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.
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