The Cosmopolitan

Poems by Donna Stonecipher

“Donna Stonecipher has opened up the prose poem so that it is no longer a box in which one pours their little story. Her writing is full of tenderness, sympathy, and acute observation. Reading The Cosmopolitan is akin to following a bird in flight; it moves at different speeds, dives, rises, rolls, swoops, and floats, and is always something to behold.” —John Yau, National Poetry Series judge

September 2008
8 x 9 | 88 pages
Paperback Original

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Description

Ornate miniature travelogues full of adventure and philosophical intrigue.

These poems spin tales of traveling in a world both romantic and politicized, a world miniaturized by globalization and haunted by the figure of the cosmopolitan, who is aware of its saturated history, yet inspired by the knowledge that nostalgia is merely “memory decayed to sugar.” In the kingdom of Stonecipher’s imagination, “a story is always forming to adorn reality” and the fall of the Eastern bloc is reenacted the night “the girl with the DDR bag met the boy with the CCCP T-shirt.”

Awards

2010 Poetry Center Book Award Semi-finalist

2007 National Poetry Series Winner, chosen by John Yau

Reviews

“Donna Stonecipher has opened up the prose poem so that it is no longer a box in which one pours their little story. Her writing is full of tenderness, sympathy, and acute observation. Reading The Cosmopolitan is akin to following a bird in flight; it moves at different speeds, dives, rises, rolls, swoops, and floats, and is always something to behold.” —John Yau, National Poetry Series judge

“Mesmerizing . . . a dazzling fugue that draws the reader irresistibly in.” —John Koethe

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