The Air in the Air Behind It
Poetry

The Air in the Air Behind It

by: Brandon Rushton
Release date: Sep 1st, 2022

WINNER of the BERKSHIRE PRIZE for a First or Second Book of Poetry “It is an ordinary, an orderly world offered to us in The Air in the Air Behind It, and yet this world surprises at every turn, and it throbs with mystifying energy. Every statement made threatens to dissolve into its opposite, every movement is a threat and a thrilling treat. The structure of most of these poems is of the sentence―while line breaks signal giddying turns, turns of phrase and fable both surprising and satisfying: ‘Boredom makes me want/ to spill a secret to each bipedal/ organism passing/ on the street. I have a heavy heart…’ and even this does not describe the compulsions of the book, or the way the language gets restrung like a glittery necklace broken with beads still lost under some of the furniture. Even up and down are unstrung, directions both comforting and treacherous: ‘the sky called/ attention to the crater the people pointed/ and watched the comet from.’ This is a book of consolations, open and inviting and yet as mysterious as fog, and as nurturing to a parched landscape.” ―from the Berkshire Prize Citation by Bin Ramke Read More

Softcover - $21.95
(ISBN: 9781946482754)
Brandon Rushton
Author

Brandon Rushton

Brandon Rushton is the author of The Air in the Air Behind It (Tupelo Press, September 2022), selected by Bin Ramke for the 2020 Berkshire Prize. He was born and raised in Michigan. A finalist for the National Poetry Series and the American Poetry Review / Honickman Book Prize, his individual poems have received awards from Gulf Coast and Ninth Letter and appear widely in publications like The Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, Bennington Review, and Passages North. His essays appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, the critical anthology, A Field Guide to the Poetry of Theodore Roethke (Ohio University Press, 2020), and have been listed as notable by Best American Essays. He co-founded the non-profit poetry outfit Oxidant | Engine and, after earning his MFA from the University of South Carolina, joined the writing faculty at the College of Charleston. In the fall of 2020, he began as a Visiting Professor of Writing at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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