Annus Mirabilis, Sally Ball


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Barrow Street 2004 Prize Winner

In the provocative, finely wrought and, at every turn, original poems of Annus Mirabilis, Sally Ball examines the human impulse to know-to master a thing by knowing it-and to make of mastery and knowledge a clean equation. A bracingly keen observer of human nature, Ball uncovers the limitations of that thinking, the many ways in which it can only bring us face to face with near unbearable truths-about ourselves, about those we love, about the world as we’d all this time thought we knew it. How to reckon with that part of us that we suspect is merciless?
—Carl Phillips