A new collection by prize-winning poet Sarah Vap
$15.00 Paper 978-0-9833686-4-9
2012 • 80 pp • 6 x 7 1/2"
In her latest collection, Arco Iris, Sarah Vap explores race, tourism, market, history, intimacy, and the vulnerability of lives beneath the stamp of longstanding powers. Whiteness is considered through the action of travel in South America where white bodies disappear, or are invisible, or attempt to become irrelevant, or are impossible to destroy. These hallucinatory poems explore the subtle violence beneath the commonplace in a foreign land, a violence which underscores the naiveté of the traveler. As she writes in the haunting poem, “Trace”: The white and gold // fairy dust left of some spent bomb / settles // to the eyes of three children cuddling / in their hammock, belly-level of our boat.
"Overall, Arco Iris is a kind of miracle – a book of poems interrogating the personal and the public, with beauty and urgency..."
—Diana Arterian, Panko
$14.00 Paper 978-0-9818591-6-3
2010 • 80 pp • 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"
"If Vap had only offered poems that gave us unique insights into pregnancy, poems which made us see pregnancy in ways that we’d never seen it before, that would be enough. But Vap does so much more."
—Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Galatea Resurrects
Winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize Selected by Forrest Gander $14.00 Paper, 978-0-9754990-5-4 2007 • 88 pp. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"
•Reviews• •Excerpt• Dummy Fire is a book full of surprises, its arms wide enough to encircle, it seems, all of creation, from the deeply personal to the existential. In Sarah Vap’s debut book a mother’s nose bleeds into tomato soup and a great blue heron is vivisected on a dinner table. There is nothing she is afraid to say.
— Forrest Gander, judge
“From the verses of gnostic antiquity to Whitman’s drawn chorus of lading, from winter wilderness to the dazzling volunteering imagery of her solitary voice, Sarah Vap startles again and again with a quiet, hermetic originality that American poetry has never successfully supported before—she is brilliant and something entirely new under our sun.”
“A poetic image can touch the depths before it disturbs the surface, as Bachelard says. If we understand this principle, we’re ready to receive Sarah Vap’s radical imaginative leaps in her debut poetry collection, Dummy Fire (winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Book Prize). In Vap’s poems, we encounter such surprises as a dress with the secret memory of a cow, and “pelvis-shaped clouds” that move over a snake-handler as he burns a tick off a snake. She writes often of mothers and sisters, landscapes and mystics, with a cowgirl-nervy wit balanced by tenderness. Throughout Dummy Fire, Vap raises questions about what is authentic and true versus what is fake or “dummy”—like trees witnessing a deliberate fire, or a mysterious nomad that may, or may not be, Santa. "
–Anna Journey, Blackbird
Sarah Vap is the author Dummy Fire, winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Forrest Gander. Her second collection, American Spikenard (University of Iowa, 2006), was the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2006. Her most recent collection is Faulkner’s Rosary, published by Saturnalia Books in 2010. She currently lives on the Olympic peninsula in Washington with her husband and two sons.