Our Lady of the Ruins

by Traci Brimhall

Our Lady of the Ruins

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This award-winning collection of poems from the author of Rookery follows a group of women navigating their way through an apocalyptic world full of war, plague and the search for a new God. Original.

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Traci Brimhall undergoes a similar journey in her second book, Our Lady of the Ruins, but largely in reverse. Winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, this is another second book with ambition; Brimhall has crafted a myth made of women's voices, with "we" coursing through many of the poems. The book's "Music From a Burning Piano" is by turns complex, incantatory, even surreal — exploring birth, death, prayer, war and "Jubilee." The result is not so much a narrative as a

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