Shaped by extensive research around the life and work of Hilma af Klint, specifically The Atom Series (1917), Sarah Mangold's The Atom is as graceful and dynamic as its inspiration. These “poetry atoms” propel the reader into various states of reflection, not only calling attention to the physical act of reading, but also reminding us of the elemental reasons why one would use poetry as a framework for understanding ourselves in relation to the world.
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Praise for other titles by Sarah Mangold:
When I think of an obvious alignment, I think of the Objectivists. Especially, the lone woman affiliated, the geographical isolate, Niedecker. I had always wished there were more of them, because they introduced a brand of lucidity, rare, oh rare in these dis-united states of poetry.
—C.D. Wright, from the foreword to Household Mechanics
…from Sarah Mangold’s austere, book-length meditation on gender, art, and natural history, I am struck again by what compels me about this collection. The volume radiates with incisive insight. The power of its “arrested moments,” the collages of thought and image in this lyric long poem, is cumulative. Here and there among passages of careful erasure and resonant assemblage are direct statements, scraps of fact that Mangold has mined from her material, which leap out at a reader, fresh and startling.
—Cynthia Hogue, from the foreword to Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners
Sarah Mangold is the author of Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners (Fordham University Press, 2021), selected by Cynthia Hogue for the POL Prize; Giraffes of Devotion (Kore Press, 2016), Electrical Theories of Femininity (Black Radish Books, 2015), Household Mechanics (New Issues, 2002), selected by C.D. Wright for the New Issues Poetry Prize and several chapbooks, most recently The Atom (Wave Books, 2023). She is the recipient of grants and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Seattle Arts Commission, and Artists Trust. She was the founder and editor of Bird Dog, a print journal of innovative writing and art, that published longer poems and work by new women writers. Originally from Oklahoma, she now lives and works near Seattle.
Publication: March 2023
ISBN# 9781950268900 (5 x 7.5, limited edition paperback)