Lampblack & Ash, Simone Muench
Fragmented in Sappho-erotic flashes, Muench's collection is furious and humid with seduction. Her poems speak directly with no illusions of romance. This book beckons the reader with dense, fertile language that tumbles out, restless in a lush, landscape.
Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas and now lives in Chicago. She is the author of The Air Lost in Breathing (2000 Marianne Moore Prize) and Lampblack & Ash (2004 Kathryn A. Morton Prize). She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is director of the Writing Program at Lewis University and an editor for Sharkforum.