Julie Agoos is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Above the Land (Yale University Press, 1987) and Calendar Year (The Sheep Meadow Press, 1996).
She received a BA from Harvard University, and an MA from The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University.
She taught for eight years as a lecturer in the creative writing program at Princeton University, and, since 1994, in the English department and MFA program in poetry at Brooklyn College. She lives in Nyack, New York.
Using images that sometimes startle the reader, this 30-year-old poet reevaluates her own "land" through travel (London, Florence) and close observations. Agoos pays careful attention to a place's ghoststhe impressive lead poem traces in 10 stanzas the history of a farm through its inhabitants and the weather. She reveals an adept juggling of rhythms"delighted, self-invited, second-sighted" for end-rhymes; occasional brilliant reversals"Oh my darling, look: how life/ imitates art in the afternoon"; and a tuning of the senses, as in "shy grey as those feathers." There is a sure presence and considerable skill here, as one would expect from the latest winner of Yale's "Younger Poet" series.
Rosaly DeMaios Roffman, English Dept., Indiana University of Pennsylvania