Made Flesh

Craig Arnold

A girl wakes up to find out just how completely her lover has possessed her. A couple realizes they’ve been trapped inside an ancient myth. A traveler glances through a train window and catches the dim reflection of another world.
This is the world of
Made Flesh, the long-awaited second book by Craig Arnold, a finalist for the Utah Book Award and the High Plains Book Award. Made Flesh delineates a new mythology of what it means to be in the body. Marrying narrative precision to lyric ecstasy, the archaic to the avant-garde, these poems celebrate the fragility of our very selves and “the joy of self-forgetting,” the acts of surrender that love asks of us. Fierce, exuberant, and erotic, they invite the reader to share a rare and startling vision: how, if we would only permit ourselves to be drawn out of our mental privacies, out to the very surface of our skin, we might admit the beauty of being for a moment in the world, and with each other.

ISBN: 9781931337427

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Craig Arnold, born November 16, 1967 was an American poet and professor. His first book of poems, Shells (1999), was selected by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. His many honors include the 2005 Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in literature, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, and fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and MacDowell. He taught poetry at the University of Wyoming. His poems have appeared in …

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“When I read Craig Arnold’s extraordinary Made Flesh, I thought: This is the hope of the future—or at least poetry’s future. Read this elegant, raw, beautiful and unforgettable book.” —Francine Prose

“Energetic, cool, and stylish. He should have been a gang leader.” —Thom Gunn

“The readers delighted with [Arnold’s] first book… will be differently enchanted with these [poems]. They contain a wealth of contemplation as well as observation and experience. Their unpunctuated free style carries the reader into the poems, piling up events and details in a breathless rush… The poems of Made Flesh are unforgettable, and it is tragic that readers will have no new books from Craig Arnold.” —Magill Book Reviews