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Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife
Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife

Jennifer Nelson

Poetry | $14 $12
Fall 2015
"Exciting and incredibly swept me away." — Matthew Rohrer
In the United States and Europe in the early twenty-first century, a person of mixed ethnicity finds herself questing inside old European art and ideas. Terrible as these things often are, she enjoys recalibrating them, and she is optimistic.
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in paradise one cannot read Kafka
I have never read Kafka
the super-virginal color is blue
you must believe
all women and brown folk
on the inside are blue
and the poem will give you a brown vagina
and this blue room
let's all be alone in the same blue room
at the same time
let's close our eyes
let's choose the afterimage
a puddle yes
no one cleans in paradise

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About the Author

Jennifer Nelson
Photo credit: Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer Nelson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows and assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She formerly edited poetry at Epiphany and Washington Square Review. She holds degrees from Yale University, New York University, the Courtauld Institute, and Harvard College. Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife is her first full-length book of poems.

Advance Praise

Jennifer Nelson's Aim At The Centaur Stealing Your Wife is an exciting and incredibly compelling mix of art history, video games, shape-shifting and counterhacking China. Nelson's thinking is twisty and generous and it is a pleasure to watch her make Breugel and Occupy Wall Street meet each other and make perfect sense. Or make sonnets using Billy Idol as a jumping off point. But underneath all of this is the book's true pleasure--Nelson's smart, hilarious, omnivorous voice. It swept me away. —Matthew Rohrer