Green Is for World

Poems by Juliana Leslie

“Juliana Leslie’s exciting new book is constantly opening up and breaking into light, revelation, and sound. Green Is for World is a surprising book, wondrously achieved and lovingly composed.”—Peter Gizzi

October 2012
5.4 x 8.1 | 74 pages
Paperback Original

ISBN: 978-1-56689-316-9.

$16.00

Description

A National Poetry Series selection chosen by Ange Mlinko, Green Is for World provides virtuosic lyrics for the visionaries among us.

Peering through a macro lens at the shapes and voices of our universe, this collection captures the invisible and inexpressible elements of our world’s ruins and history while offering a “craving [for] details from the future.”

Reviews

“Leslie’s fractured verses imbue everyday objects with weird resonances in such a lucid way that ‘lovebirds / folding sweaters / in the eleventh century’ makes perfect sense. This ability to layer poetic texture in line after unpunctuated line of absurd-yet-somehow-familiar imagery to evoke a feeling of refined incompleteness echoes the poems of Rae Armantrout and Kay Ryan.” Booklist

“These mercurial ‘love letters’ to the universe exude style. . . . Leslie’s poems whisper and whistle along, moving things and rearranging the path. ‘Me a clear space / and you / sun’s silk.’” The Brooklyn Rail

“Leslie’s poems have a lovely, meditative edge slipped in, composing poems that meander with purpose, and a narrative ‘I’ that floats in and out of authority.” Rob Mclennan’s Blog

“Juliana Leslie’s exciting new book is constantly opening up and breaking into light, revelation, and sound. Green Is for World is a surprising book, wondrously achieved and lovingly composed.” —Peter Gizzi

Green is for World is a book that expands on the childlike register of its title: it is open, vulnerable, curious. Like many poets in our time, Juliana Leslie uses collaged fragments to build small poems and stanzas that test the potential for language to communicate before it is understood (as T.S. Eliot put it). What makes Leslie different from many poets in our time is her way of imbuing the poem with wonder and awe. Shakespeare, Odysseus, George Herbert, Longinus: these are her companions, as refreshing and freshening in the course of a mundane day as herbs in a garden.” —Ange Mlinko, National Poetry Series Judge

Green Is for World is a primer for how a poet might map the imagination. Juliana Leslie’s strange, lyrical syntax falls in love with the work of tracking what’s just below the surface of thought: trafficking in the near-spoken, the peculiar particulars, and in the unseen textures of lived experience.” —Joshua Marie Wilkinson

“Within the flickering bounds of an almost-still life, or a lumpy window, or perhaps more like a conversation with heat, Juliana Leslie’s Green Is for World is rife with the finely-noised intimacy I might encounter in a room occupied by paintings that have been freed from the confines of light.” —Sawako Nakayasu