First Summer Reading Post: Monica Youn recommends…


The Wilderness, by Sandra Lim


Winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, Sandra Lim’s second book The Wilderness reads like a master class in parataxis. Her end-stopped lines have resonance and weight, confident in the subtlety of their rendering. They move like stone doors — each seemingly massive, but perfectly balanced, swinging open at a touch to reveal insights that are often dramatic in their understatement.

— Monica Youn

Monica-Youn-2011-Joanna-Eldredge-Morrissey.-Monica-Youn-Wp-Omicron-MACD-11-125023-600x0-c-defaultMonica Youn is the author of Blackacre (forthcoming Graywolf Press 2016) Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003), a member of Princeton’s creative writing faculty, and a Princeton graduate herself. This fall she will be teaching Introductory Poetry and Advanced Poetry.