Poetry by Sarah Vap

Arco Iris
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

 

 


Faulkner's Rosary
 


$14.00 Paper 978-0-9818591-6-3
2010  • 80 pp • 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"

•About the Author

 

Sarah Vap dazzles again with this third collection of poetry. Vap celebrates the mysteries of pregnancy with wonder, fear, sorrow, and joy. Like counting the beads on a rosary, she takes us along a trail of connected couplets, building a concrete yet mythic exploration of the body as it prepares to bring another body into the world. Alice Notley writes, “This is a poetry of light, edge, and coherence, and it is beautiful.” And Cynthia Hogue adds, “I am in awe of the rare beauty of these poems.”

 

Sarah Vap, award winning author of Dummy Fire and American Spikenard, dazzles again with this third collection. Vap celebrates the mysteries of pregnancy with wonder, fear, sorrow, and joy. Like counting the beads on a rosary, she takes us along a trail of connected couplets, building a concrete yet mythic exploration of the body as it prepares to bring another body into the world. Alice Notley writes, “This is a poetry of light, edge, and coherence, and it is beautiful.” And Cynthia Hogue adds, “I am in awe of the rare beauty of these poems.”
 

"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

 

Dummy Fire


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.



Reviews: “Dummy Fire is a riveting book, remarkable for its ferocious economy of form, its landscape-haunted, but wide-ranging field of reference, and its explosive implication. The poems often have the pressurized inventiveness of a curse or a protective spell and like a curse or spell, they lay bare the vulnerabilities of the body. Sarah Vap combines an utterly unsentimental domestic tenderness with an attentiveness to the lives of plants and animals that never approaches “nature poetry” because it never seems separated from that realm. With its laconic, purposively innovative adjustments of language, Dummy Fire stands out.”
— 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.”
–Norman Dubie

“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.

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