Iris Cushing Wyoming

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Poetry. Winner of the 2014 Furniture Press Poetry Prize. "Iris Cushing's WYOMING is a figure of place, a topos: the West as acid trip, art-space, corny historical re-enactment, and land mass of brute and awesome beauty; locus of an almost erotic nostalgia for a dream- frontier that may never have existed, but nevertheless persists. When Cushing writes that, like the circle of stones around a campfire, 'we contain something / that spreads,' consider how the mythos of the Wild West has magnified and ranged over time through the global imagination. In WYOMING, a prospector's pickaxe might eerily unearth 'an empty space in the shape of me / where Gloria Swanson used to be'; at the very least, wherever it strikes, it can't avoid deep veins of longing. Romantic, skeptical, haunting, these poems thrill me with their truth and inventiveness, their technical dexterity, the oscillations of body-mind-spirit rhythms, and their wagonloads of tarnished, glittering, and reduced-to-ashes props. Cushing's poems contain—ingeniously, dangerously, lovingly—such excesses of real gold and fool's gold at the heart of the American Sublime."—Miranda Field

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Iris Marble Cushing was born in Tarzana, California in 1983. A former resident of Arizona, she has been a writer-in- residence at Grand Canyon National Park. She has received grants and awards for her work from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation, and her poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Two Serious Ladies, Paperbag and other journals. Iris holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. She currently lives in New York, and works as a writing tutor and editor for Argos Books.

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