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Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry

* An NPR, Slate, Oregonian, Kansas City Star, Willamette Week, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * Amazon''s Best Book of the Year in Poetry 2013 *

In Incarnadine, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color. One poem is presented as a diagrammed sentence. Another is an abecedarium made of lines of dialogue spoken by girls overheard while assembling a puzzle. Several poems arrive as a series of Annunciations, while others purport to give an update on Mary, who must finish the dishes before she will open herself to God. One poem appears on the page as spokes radiating from a wheel, or as a sunburst, or as the cycle around which all times and all tenses are alive in this moment. Szybist''s formal innovations are matched by her musical lines, by her poetry''s insistence on singing as a lure toward the unknowable. Inside these poems is a deep yearning―for love, motherhood, the will to see things as they are and to speak. Beautiful and inventive, Incarnadine is the new collection by one of America''s most ambitious poets.

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“In her gorgeous second collection, Mary Szybist blends traditional and experimental aesthetics to recast the myth of the Biblical Mary for this era. In vulnerable lyrics, surprising concrete poems, and other forms, and with extraordinary sympathy and a light touch of humor, Szybist probes the nuances of love, loss, and the struggle for religious faith in a world that seems to argue against it. This is a religious book for nonbelievers, or a book of necessary doubts for the faithful.” ―National Book Awards judges citation

“A religious book for a secular America, this is among the most arresting and inventive collections of the past few years. . . . [Szybist is] a restless formal experimenter and a humble, compassionate observer of the complicated glory of the world. If you read only one book of poetry this year, you''re not reading enough poetry--but if it must be one, this should be it.” ―Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR, "Best Books of 2013"

“Not since Adrienne Rich''s early work has a collection thought so deeply about the permeable barrier between the spirit and the body, and motherhood. . . . Szybist writes lucid, delicately precise lines that grow more steeply enjambed as she falls into her subject. . . . Extraordinary.” ―John Freeman, The Boston Globe

“Gorgeous. . . . [The] intersection of human and divine colors every page. . . . Szybist burns throughout these pages, whether she writes about a butterfly, a donkey sanctuary or a young captain during World War II. When Szybist sees angels, they are everywhere--in alchemy, barrenness and earthquakes.” ―The Washington Post

“Poetry readers in the know have been waiting a decade for this book. . . . Szybist is a skeptic who thinks a lot about faith, a believer in doubt, though as a series of ''Announcement'' poems attest, she finds God all around--in everything from the distracted discourse of former President Bush to the sound of ''a vacuum / start[ing] up next door.'' . . . More than anything, though, Szybist is a humble and compassionate observer of the complicated glory of the world and humanity''s ambivalent role in it, as inheritors and interlopers.” ―Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR.org

“Szybist persistently tightens the association between revelation and destruction, presenting the other side of an unspoken loss that seems to lurk in the decade Incarnadine emerges from: a loss of faith, urgency, purpose, love, inspiration.” ―Slate

“[Incarnadine] is deeply felt and well-crafted, layered in content between the literal, the here and now, the might-have-beens, as well as iconography. Stark at moments, shrouded in others, Szybist utilizes form to push at and hold the stories told and the images explored in this rich and moving work.” ―The Oregonian

“Szybist artfully reconciles the legend of the Annunciation with our contemporary culture. . . . Incarnadine is sophisticated, wry, faithful, divine, contradictory, tragic and allusive.” ―The Rumpus

“Szybist''s various poetic ''annunciations'' recall Rilke''s line that ''every angel is terrifying;'' this is ''a world where a girl has only to say yes and heaven opens'' but where the young girl finds that ''the Holy / will overshadow you.'' Szybist is the rare poet of flesh and spirit who can repeatedly capture that terrible moment of grace.” ―Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Smart, unflinching, beautiful, the poems in Incarnadine embrace the paradoxes of love: love of being beheld, of being beholden, of being done unto, and of what it means to care for what we make of what we are given, or not given, of what it means to see annunciations everywhere, in disasters, tragedies, moments of grace and miracle.” ―Los Angeles Review of Books

“Pulses with its titular rosy glow. . . . Incarnadine paints a portrait of its author--longing for motherhood, questioning the divine, watching patterns of sunlight through her curtains and playing with her words. In her letter-style poem ''To Gabriela at the Donkey Sanctuary,'' she puts it simply: ''What I want is what I''ve always wanted. What I want is to be changed.” ―Willamette Week

Incarnadine is a formally playful and carefully crafted book with a sense of wonder. Through a grace and a little humor, Szybist explores spirituality and intimacy in the quiet moments of life.” ―Hazel & Wren

“Szybist has carefully approached potentially volatile and politically squeamish topics by linking them to the personal, showing how poetry interacts with and reacts to these deep historical and contemporary chasms of the rights and representations of women in religion, literature, and society.” ―New Pages

“Szybist''s collection evokes the old Catholic direction to find God in all things, but you don''t have to be Catholic to understand exactly what she''s getting at. Rather, she merely exposes the supernatural as it occurs among us every day and invites us to marvel at the spiritual heaviness of the world--which, even its darkest moments, she skillfully demonstrates as beautiful.” ―New Orleans Review

“Szybist''s long-awaited second collection is a mirage of inventive, intense, dichotic poems.” ―Library Journal

“Love poetry and poetry of religious faith blend and blur into one transcendent, humbled substance. . . . Whether or not readers are attuned to the religious content, these are gorgeous lyrics, in traditional and invented forms--one poem is a diagrammed sentence while another radiates from an empty space at the center of the page--which create close encounters with not-quite-paraphrasable truths. This is essential poetry.” ―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Mary Szybist is the author of a previous poetry collection, Granted, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at Lewis & Clark College and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Heather Derr-Smith
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Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2021
Back to my monkish 3am rising with this August ritual of poems #sealeychallenge book seven: INCARNADINE by Mary Szybist. Mary was one of my workshop mates at UVA and Iowa and a fellow student of Charles Wright. I remember her as if she wore blue velvet shoes and a blue... See more
Back to my monkish 3am rising with this August ritual of poems #sealeychallenge book seven: INCARNADINE by Mary Szybist. Mary was one of my workshop mates at UVA and Iowa and a fellow student of Charles Wright. I remember her as if she wore blue velvet shoes and a blue dress everyday and was always standing at the edge of a meadow. She was to me the embodiment of a poet, full of visions. I felt always in awe around her and still feel that same awestruckness when I reread her books all these years later.
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Please don’t buy this book used, only new if you’re ordering via Amazon.
Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
I was not happy with the used copy version I purchased. It was marked as slightly used but in great condition. The entire book is written in with lines and words crossed out. Some pages have phrases written at the top that say terrible things about the book. I would not... See more
I was not happy with the used copy version I purchased. It was marked as slightly used but in great condition. The entire book is written in with lines and words crossed out. Some pages have phrases written at the top that say terrible things about the book. I would not sell this copy for less than $0.50 due to the writing. It’s practically unreadable. Please just buy the new copy and don’t trust Amazon’s gently used mark. I’m upset I wasted the money on the used and wish I could have put it toward a new copy that I can actually read.
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David Anthony Sam
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Worthy effort
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2014
Mary Szybist’s second collection reaches for heaven through an imagining of the experience of Mary at Annunciation, and sometimes touches it with such lovely and simple language as: “Time to enter yourself. Time to make your own sorrow. Time to unbrighten and... See more
Mary Szybist’s second collection reaches for heaven through an imagining of the experience of Mary at Annunciation, and sometimes touches it with such lovely and simple language as:

“Time to enter yourself. Time to make your own sorrow. Time to unbrighten and discard even your slenderness.”

“…having bathed carefully in the syllables of your name,”

“Now what seas, what meanings can I place in you?”

There are times when the simplicity becomes merely prosaic and the collection is a bit uneven. Still and all, a worthy effort.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
Good, very good. Sometimes a real poetic experience. .
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I love Mary Szybist’s style
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2018
I love Mary Szybist’s style, depth, form and insight. I really think her prose/poetry amalgam is the next wave in poetry. And I like the way she is able to juxtapose the tragic with the hopeful.
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A Thoughtful, Resonant Poetic Treat
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2014
Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine blew me away; it was thoughtful, honest, and considerate without being inaccessible. I had the opportunity to hear her read at Brigham Young University, and I was immediately impressed by her ability to craft language. I had read her poem “Girls... See more
Mary Szybist’s Incarnadine blew me away; it was thoughtful, honest, and considerate without being inaccessible. I had the opportunity to hear her read at Brigham Young University, and I was immediately impressed by her ability to craft language. I had read her poem “Girls Overheard While Assembling a Puzzle” prior to the reading, and was drawn to her ability to elevate the everyday and seemingly mundane into something extraordinarily thought provoking. The poetry featured in Incarnadine is no exception. There is a religious undertone to many of the poems – Szybist focuses on the Annunciation in all of its forms and interpretations – though she takes an unconventional and immensely refreshing approach to belief. Works such as “Annunciation (from the grass beneath them)” and “Annunciation as Fender’s Blue Butterfly with Kincaid’s Lupine” apply a naturalistic investigation to a religious experience. Szybist also explores spirituality in poems such as “The Cathars Etc.” in which she immerses the reader in history and presents intriguing questions. Many of her poems address grief, loss, and other sometimes-nebulous concepts with a clarity and humility that illuminates the commonalities we all share. One of my personal favorites was “Update on Mary,” in which Szybist offers a glimpse into the everyday, but by no means unimportant, aspects of her life. These observations range from the practical (her large collection of silver earrings) to the unexpectedly searching (beliefs she holds about herself). Though it is undoubtedly a personal poem, the ideas and tone are relatable. Overall, this is an excellent collection, and I would highly recommend it.
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Katie
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Beautiful poetry
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2018
I love this book! I look forward to getting the authors other books in the future!
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2014
Beautiful.
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Mary Szybist’s beautiful collection gives us a Virgin mother ever present and ...
Reviewed in Canada on March 15, 2018
Mary Szybist’s beautiful collection gives us a Virgin mother ever present and immanent in the incarnate world. The kind of poems that inspire seeing with fresh eyes all that says ‘yes’ in the natural world. Her poems are a gorgeous and transcendent discovery.
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