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Mothman Apologia

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Robert Wood Lynn, 2022

Published by Yale University Press

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The latest volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets explores love, grief, the opioid epidemic, and coming of age.

The 116th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, Robert Wood Lynn’s collection of poems explores the tensions of youth and the saturation points of knowledge: those moments when the acquisition of understanding overlaps with regret and becomes a desire to know less. Comprising poems of place set across the Virginias, this collection includes an episodic elegy exploring the opioid crisis in the Shenandoah Valley as well as a separate series of persona poems reimagining the Mothman (West Virginia’s famed cryptid) reluctantly coming of age in that state’s mountains and struggling with the utility of warnings. These are narrative poems of love and grief, built from a storytelling tradition. Taken together they form an arc encompassing the experience of growing up, looking away, and looking back.

Praise for William Evans & Omar Holmon

These poems name the hurt wrought upon the meek that makes the elegy, here, as much an exaltation of the living as a mournful dirge for the land.

— Major Jackson, Vanderbilt University

About Robert Wood Lynn

Robert Wood Lynn is the author of How to Maintain Eye Contact (Button Poetry 2023), runner-up in the 2020 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest, and Mothman Apologia (Yale University Press 2022), selected by Rae Armantrout as the winner of… MORE

Additional information

Weight7.2 oz
Dimensions9.25 × 6.13 × 0.33 in
Format

Publication Date

March 22, 2022

Page Count

120

Author Hometown

Virgina

ISBN

978-0-300261-07-3

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