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Leviathan with a Hook

Leviathan with a Hook Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson's dazzling first collection is rooted in the land and language she inherits, then claims for her own. Informed throughout by Milton's Paradise Lost, Johnson's poems burst with the flora and fauna of a magnificently imagined landscape, and gain their power from the incomparable language she uses to describe it. This language is itself an organism in her writing, grown from its own seed, its "vowels blooming like necessary globes/with sharp, consonantal edges." Her voice is wholly new and unique; Leviathan with a Hook heralds the arrival of one of the new standard-bearers of American verse.

Praise for the Book:
"Johnson has done what almost no one else has: managed to fuse high Western culture with the high country of the [American] West. She writes with Milton open at her elbow . . . but with the real dirt of a real Utah under her fingertips . . . [Her] classical sensibilities—attuned not just to the classics themselves but to their resonances in English literature—help to account for verses whose tensile energies and fierce intellectual passion are stronger than in any young American poet I know.”
—John Talbott, Yale Review

"These are wild, inventive, hungry, celebratory poems. Kimberly Johnson rises in a few lines from weevils to threshing the stars. She is a worthy reader of the Psalms and the Book of Job; she has something of Hopkins' eye for the blessed particular, and his tongue for full-bodied song. These poems fear neither glory nor ruin."—Rosanna Warren

About the Author:
Kimberly Johnson is a translator,  Renaissance scholar, and the author of two books of poems, most recently A Metaphorical God. Her poems appear widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Slate, and The Iowa Review. Johnson has received prizes from the Merton Foundation and the Utah Arts Council, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Salt Lake City.

Also available at Persea by Kimberly Johnson:
A Metaphorical God

Hardcover / $23.00 (Can. $34.00) / ISBN: 978-0-89255-282-5 / 80 pages / Poetry

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