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.
“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