The Fears

Kevin Prufer

Editor, publisher, and poet Kevin Prufer presents his ninth poetry collection, The Fears, an intimate meditation on storytelling and mortality. “Ghostlit by streetlights” and filtered through tale and recollection, Prufer examines our fears of loss, death, and obscurity. Narratives are braided together as Prufer manipulates white space to mimic the silence of minds at work on unsolvable problems, how time “unravels / endlessly.” Here, visions of classical Greece and the trials of ancient Romans coexist with the everyday—memories of a parent’s death or the loss of a pet. We bear witness as the poet writes “to preserve the intricacy of [his] own mind / against the eventual / certainty of [his] absence.” Exploring what it means to be forgotten and how legacy is preserved through poetry, history books, a mummy’s index finger, and love letters from the grave, The Fears invites us to consider what it means to matter.

ISBN: 9781556596643

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Kevin Prufer is the author of several books, most recently The Art of Fiction, How He Loved Them, Churches, and In a Beautiful Country, all from Four Way Books. His books have received the Julie Suk Award; made “Best of the Year” lists from the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere; been short-listed for the Rilke Prize, the Poets Prize, and the Balcones Prize, and long-listed for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. Among Prufer’s edited volumes are New European Poets and Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries, …

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“Picking up a collection of Prufer’s poems feels, to me at least, like settling into a favorite reading chair for the afternoon: he has found a form that mimics the way his own brain works, and given up the endless search for something new. A reader doesn’t have to learn a new language, and Prufer can focus on his real subject matter.”—Susanna Lang, Rhino Poetry