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Publisher's Summary

Winner, 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in the Poetry category
Finalist, 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize
Shortlist finalist, 2015 PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book by an author of color
"Another Anti-Pastoral," the opening poem of Forest Primeval, confesses that sometimes "words fail." With a "bleat in [her] throat," the poet identifies with the voiceless and wild things in the composed, imposed peace of the Romantic poets with whom she is in dialogue. Vievee Francis's poems engage many of the same concerns as her poetic predecessors - faith in a secular age, the city and nature, aging, and beauty. Words certainly do not fail as Francis sets off into the wild world promised in the title. The wild here is not chaotic but rather free and finely attuned to its surroundings. The listener who joins her will emerge sensitized and changed by the enduring power of her work.
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By Debra Hartrum on 01-10-18

So Beautiful!

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Vievee Francis is one of the most amazing poets working today. Her work made me like poetry and these readings and magic.

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By Russ on 10-19-17

Beautiful

Really loved this book. Vievee Francis really knows how to suck you into her poetry. Really gorgeous writing,

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