Word Group

Poetry by Marjorie Welish

April 1, 2004 • 6 x 9 • 112 pages • 978-1-56689-157-8

Marjorie Welish breaks new ground as she explores uncharted territory within lyric poetry.

Word Group advances verbal experiment through a music of abstract ideas and precise imagination. With the resources of Language School poetics and New American poetry, this collection breaks new ground by engaging the critical strategies necessary for creating a lyric poem.

About the Author

Marjorie Welish is the author of The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems, Word Group, Isle of the Signatories, In the Futurity Lounge / Asylum for Indeterminacy, and So What So That (Winter 2016), all from Coffee House Press. The papers delivered at a conference on her writing and art held at the University of Pennsylvania were published in the book Of the Diagram: The Work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Books). In 2009, Granary Books published Oaths? Questions?, a collaborative artists’ book by Marjorie Welish and James Siena which was the subject of a special exhibition at Denison University Museum, Granville, Ohio; the book is in permanent collections, including that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent art exhibitions have occurred at Emanuel von Baeyer Cabinet, London; Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge; and ART-3, Brooklyn. Her honors include the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Fellowship from Brown University, the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellowship at Cambridge University, and two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has held a Senior Fulbright Fellowship, which has taken her to the University of Frankfurt and to the Edinburgh College of Art. She is now Madelon Leventhal Rand Chair in Literature at Brooklyn College.


“Very few American poets explore the mechanisms of lyric voicing, poetic syntax and poetic logic with the determined focus of Marjorie Welish. We witness the dynamic play of likeness and difference, paradox and disjunction, while embarking on a path of startling turns or tropes. Space seems to reconfigure itself as we proceed, revealing new dimensions and folds. Space of the page, the room, the stanza. Fresh air pouring in.” —Michael Palmer