The Lichtenberg Figures

Ben Lerner

The Lichtenberg Figures, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award, is an unconventional sonnet sequence that interrogates the relationship between language and memory, violence and form. “Lichtenberg figures” are fern-like electrical patterns that can appear on (and quickly fade from) the bodies of people struck by lightning. Throughout this playful and elegiac debut—with its flashes of autobiography, intellection, comedy, and critique—the vocabulary of academic theory collides with American slang and the idiom of the Old Testament meets the jargon of the internet to display an eclectic sensibility.

ISBN: 9781556592119

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1979. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among other honors. He is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path), three novels (Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04, and The Topeka School), and a book-length essay, The Hatred of Poetry. He has also published several collaborations with artists, …

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