We are pleased to announce that Gail Mazur’s 7th collection of poetry, Forbidden City, has recently been published by University of Chicago press in March of 2016.
“With her fluid yet colloquial line, and her gift of observation, Mazur depicts the mind in all its reflective, reflexive operations. Her poems show how it feels to think, enacting a process of finding and affirming one’s own ‘bewildering part in this world.’…[Her poetry] is tough, smart, passionate, and deeply humane.”
— Joyce Peseroff, Provincetown Arts
“Colloquial as well as eloquent, pitch-perfect no matter how delicate her material, Gail Mazur has found a way to write that is completely responsive to her remarkable qualities of mind. She gives us the exact ‘feel’ of contemporary life in our disquieting republic, the uncanny way in which love, hope, and endurance are shot through by contingency, dread, and estrangement. Full of warmth, humor, and a dry-eyed toughness, her work is a superb personal and civic achievement.”
–National Book Award Judges’ Citation
“[Mazur writes] tough, canny, dangerous poems, full of heart. [She] is a poet not of epiphany or nostalgia but of the telling commonplaces of lives, the odd juncture of greif and desire.”
-Don Colburn, The Boston Review