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Jennifer Grotz is a poet and translator. She is the author of three poetry collections: Cusp and The Needle (Mariner Books), which was named one of the "Five Best Books of Poetry of the Year" by NPR, and Window Left Open (Graywolf Press 2016). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Rochester and Assistant Director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.
By Jennifer Grotz | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
Following her debut collection, Cusp, chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa to win the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize, the composed, observed quality of Jennifer Grotz's The Needle will remind readers of the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and Ellen Bryant Voigt. Whether she is describing a town square in Kraków, where many of these poems are set, the ponies of Ocracoke Island, a boy playing a violin, or clouds, she finds the lyrical details that release an atmosphere of heightened, transcendent attention in which the things of the world become the World, what Zbigniew Herbert called "royal silence."