Intimacy

by Catherine Imbriglio

Published by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University

Winner of the 2013 Colorado Prize for Poetry


"Scary, serious, beautiful, and new, Catherine Imbriglio's Intimacy goes far indeed in two directions that might have seemed incompatible before. On one hand, full of adapted facts and figures about how the mind works, about how the psyche fails—partly an elegy, or an obsequy—it participates in real research about the psychology of disappointment, want, and grief. That research lends gravity to Imbriglio's stretched-out sentences, prose units that double as long, long lines. On the other hand, those lines become desperately beautiful—they have their music too: they are landscapes, orchestrations, and works for the lyre. They 'speak on behalf of what things,' 'sorting out statistical illusions,' coming after and above silence, ice, patience, melancholy, instead of blocking them out, and ending up with sentence sounds that nobody has made before, in a way that pays homage to real people and real scenes. 'When everything you know is like a windlight shifting,' read these poems of 'touch touch touch,' of seaside scenes and 'mathematical grounds;' they make everything technical seem close to you, and everything real seem clear."
—Stephen Burt

Catherine Imbriglio is the author of Parts of the Mass (Burning Deck), which received the 2008 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her poetry has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Aufgabe, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, First Intensity, New American Writing, No: A Journal of the Arts, Pleiades, Petri Press, Tarpaulin Sky, Web Conjunctions, and elsewhere. A selection of her poetry was anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, ed. Reginald Shepherd (University of Iowa Press, 2004). She was the 2011 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts' fellowship award in poetry. She teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University.

Imprint: University Press of Colorado

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $16.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-885635-33-4
  • Ebook Price: $13.95
  • EISBN: 978-1-885635-34-1
  • Publication Month: November
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Pages: 68
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Catherine Imbriglio
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-885635-33-4