Starred Wire

Poetry by Ange Mlinko

September 1, 2005 • 6 x 9 • 76 pages • 978-1-56689-177-6

This National Poetry Series winner is a seriously playful tour de force of imaginative language.

Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “one of the most exciting American poets under 40,” Mlinko’s Starred Wire reaches across continents of language where, as in Borges, dream logic dictates an interactive, delirious exploration of art and childhood, place and possibility.

About the Author

Ange Mlinko, born in Philadelphia and a longtime New York resident, is the author of Starred Wire and Shoulder Season and now lives in Beirut. She writes a regular column on language for the Nation and in 2009, she received the Randall Jarrell Award for Criticism from the Poetry Foundation. Poems from this collection have appeared in the Nation, New Yorker, London Review of Books, Poetry magazine, and elsewhere.


“A fine-grained light like that of a 19th-century Danish landscape painting shimmers throughout these gorgeously tactile and tactful poems.” —John Ashbery

“A heady heady brew—O’Hara conversation, Ashbery sophistication, Koch hilarity, Schuyler shapeliness, Guest adventures, Notley grain, Mayer utopia, Padgett whimsy, Oulipo oofs.” —Bob Holman, National Poetry Series judge

“Things collide in Ange Mlinko’s wonderful poems—words, attitudes, phrasings, meanings—and the sparks fly. Her poetry is simultaneously tough-minded and gorgeous. If I had to bet on which young poets will be read in twenty or thirty years, my money would be on her.” —Charles North