Ugly Duckling Presse

Warden
Warden

Rebecca Wolff

Poetry | $12 $9
Fall 2014
Buy"Rebecca Wolff's Warden is a bit of a banshee scream. "
The poems in Warden are poems of loss. Roaming unflinchingly through its aftermath, they reveal a landscape littered by what was and what never will be: desire, technological detritus, literary talismans, and the remnants of identity after a rupture. "I have gone another round the corner left here." Excerpt ˇ

Excerpt

Warden

No ideas but in

love—moved
out of

center to model of
wave: consider it. “Relate to this”: I’m quoting my love

but it can’t read you, I wiped

stuff off my phone. That broken

love: still feeds, yet beats,


empirical in the

sky that moon collude

with me wrenched free of sheer
centrality


how will he find me


by the jingling of my

key Close ˆ

About the Author

Rebecca Wolff
Rebecca Wolff is the author of three books of poems (Manderley, Figment, The King) and a novel, The Beginners, as well as numerous pieces of occasional prose. She is the editor of Fence and the publisher of The Constant Critic. A fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, she lives in Hudson, New York with her children.

Advance Praise

Wolff brilliantly refuses to look over her shoulder as she writes and the pain that generated Warden is on full display, showing her injuries with greater ease and depth as the book nears its end and with devastating accuracy. Her poems remind us that no matter what, we must love, and the greatest pain is when that love fails.—John Ebersole
Praise for previous work:

[Wolff’s poems] are stylistic and tonal shapeshifters. Hip, contemplative, and dark and resistant to the hunky-dory, the New Agey, and the prescriptive, they’re unnerving, funny, and occasionally subversive.
Bookforum