In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps (Iowa Poetry Prize) (Paperback)

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With calm abandon, Rob Schlegel stands among the genderless trees to shake notions of masculinity and fatherhood. Schlegel incorporates the visionary into everyday life, inhabiting patterns of relation that do not rely on easy categories. Working from the premise that poetry is indistinguishable from the life of the poet, Schlegel considers how his relationship to the creative process is forever changed when he becomes something new to someone else. “The meaning I’m trying to protect is,” Schlegel writes, “the heart is neither boy, nor girl.” In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps is a tender search for the mother in the father, the poet in the parent, the forest in the human.

About the Author

Rob Schlegel is the author of The Lesser Fields and January Machine. He lives and teaches in Washington state.

Praise For…

"This slim volume covers remarkable emotional terrain with perceptive insight into fatherhood and the inner workings of a poet’s associative thought process. It is rich and complex but utterly accessible, with lyrical lines that beg to be read aloud."—Publishers Weekly starred review

— Publishers Weekly

“Schlegel’s poems, as tightly constructed as they are, have an openness about them that allows readers to imagine what identity could mean on a personal level, and how poetry, as a meditative and artful activity, can enact possibilities for transcendence.”—???????The Literary Review 

— The Literary Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609386450
ISBN-10: 1609386450
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2019
Pages: 72
Series: Iowa Poetry Prize