Phrasebook for the Pleiades by Lorraine Doran has won the 2012 Cider Press Book Award.
Judge Gray Jacobik says about Phrasebook for the Pleiades:
“I am dazzled by Phrasebook for the Pleiades and humbled, and gladdened, for these are works of strong polyvalence and resonance…. I hear Larry Levis, see his tumble-jumble and dazzling asides, feel his exquisite pathos, but there are ninety-nine influences in these sophisticated and tenderhearted poems. They synthesize a very great deal of what our strongest poets are doing, but also of seeing, feeling, being, thinking. Here are poems that leap by leaps-and-bounds and are over-the-top in their disjunctiveness, and yet they cohere, and are delivered whole. Each has the intractability of the ideal: the ideal rider on the ideal horse, the poet knowing when to pull in the reins and stop. I felt my pulse quicken reading these poems and my desire to have written them myself was quickly extinguished by gratitude that X has. They’re here: they’re in the world: you can read them! Oh please read them. If you care at all about what’s going on in contemporary poetry, you will, and if you don’t care, these poems may cause you to care. ”
Lorraine Doran holds a J.D. and an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University. Her recent poems and essays have appeared in FIELD, Gulf Coast, Barn Owl Review, and American Poetry Review. She teaches in the Expository Writing Program at N.Y.U.
Phrasebook for the Pleiades will be released January, 2014 from Cider Press Review.