Winner of the 2018 Press 53 Award for Poetry
Marilyn Annucci’s poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Prairie Schooner, Rattle, North American Review and Indiana Review. She is the author of Luck, a chapbook from Parallel Press, and Waiting Room, winner of the 2012 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, Marilyn worked for years as an editor and writer before earning an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The poems of The Arrows That Choose Us strike with an extraordinary mix of candor and craft. Harry Houdini, ghost writers, Three Musketeers, neighbors, and lovers appear amid meditations, songs and stories. The strange presses against the straightforward, the lively presses against the grave, "the human parts press against the holy" in this wonderful collection. Marilyn Annucci is supernaturally alert to “whatever is needed to tear us awake.”
—Terrance Hayes, National Book Award winner and author of How to Be Drawn
Marilyn Annucci’s wonderful first book, The Arrows That Choose Us, sweeps us into sorrow, but with an exuberance and freshness that seems a neighbor to delight. The ghosts of the past, she writes, exist “in a mind that won’t stop,” and, while many of these poems reside in the past, loss, and memory, they are imbued with a thinking-ness that is knife sharp, often puncturing a poem’s nostalgia, or even its tenderness. The Arrows That Choose Us is an exceptionally intelligent, persuasive, and mature first book.
— Lynn Emanuel, author of The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected
Marilyn Annucci’s The Arrows That Choose Us is humorous, edgy, and ever surprising. It is a book that explores the untidy connections between humans and the puzzling but ever present world in poems that are witty, but always full of humanity and heart. It is an extraordinary and necessary book.
—Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Dog Angel and Cinema Muto
Marilyn Annucci’s luminous and deeply affecting poems roam widely as they capture “the truth of [our] own small existence.” Metaphysical in scope, Annucci also knows that there is “no fire / but the lungs and hands and heart.” The Arrows That Choose Us is the most arresting collection I have read in years—lucid, intelligent, and unerringly true.
—Alison Townsend, author of Persephone in America and The Blue Dress
For more information on the author and sample poems, visit Marilyn's website