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New England Poets

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Jennifer Militello
A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments

Jennifer Militello is the author of a new collection of poetry, The Pact. Her previous books include A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments, called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly; Thesaurus, named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry; and Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published widely in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Poetry, and Tin House. She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.


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Peter Filkins
Water/Music

Peter Filkins is the Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and a visiting professor of literature at Bard College. He is the author of five books of poems: What She Knew, After Homer, Augustine’s Vision, and The View We’re Granted, and a new collection, Water/Music as well as numerous translations and a biography, H. G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds.

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Exploring the space between nature and culture, the poems in Peter Filkins’ new collection  Water / Music anchor themselves in the timely and the timeless. Rich and diverse in their formal intricacy, they move with ease from narrative to meditation, from close physical observation to the haunts of memory, and from lyric sorrow to the pleasure of living in the world.

Jennifer Militello’s new collection,  The Pact,  confronts obsession, intimacy, and abuse―it offers an indictment against affection and a portent against zeal. Through love poems inspired by such disparate spaces as a British art museum and the reptile house of a local zoo, poems comparing a romantic affair to the religious cult at Jonestown and a mother’s role to a Congolese power figure bristling with nails, The Pact makes familiar themes new, odd, and deadly cutting.

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