[The predictability of these rooms]

By Ben Lerner b. 1979 Ben Lerner
The predictability of these rooms is, in a word, exquisite. These rooms in a word. The moon is predictably exquisite, as is the view of the moon through the word. Nevertheless, we were hoping for less. Less space, less light. We were hoping to pay more, to be made to pay in public. We desire a flat, affected tone. A beware of dog on keep off grass. The glass ceiling is exquisite. Is it made of glass? No, glass.

Ben Lerner, “The predictability of these rooms” from Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press, 2006). www.coppercanyonpress.org

Source: Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press, 2006)

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Poet Ben Lerner b. 1979

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture, Language & Linguistics

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 Ben  Lerner

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Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, poet and editor Ben Lerner earned a BA in political science and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Madrid.
 
Lerner is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Mean Free Path (2010) and Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. His sonnet sequence, The . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture, Language & Linguistics

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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