Alison Powell

Alison Powell received an MFA in Poetry from Indiana University in 2005. Her work has previously appeared in journals including Boston Review, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, Puerto del Sol, Antioch Review, and other journals, as well as in the anthology Best New Poets 2006. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

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A Library Journal “Thirty Amazing Poetry Titles for Spring 2014” selection

Winner of the 2013 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

On the Desire to Levitate is the first collection of poems by Alison Powell. This striking collection includes vivid, unflinching meditations on aging, mythology, poetry, and family. In tight, elegant lines that alternate between homage and elegy, these poems explore known subjects with a rebellious eye: a defeated Hercules and a bitter Eurydice, a sympathetic Lucifer, and generations of adolescent girls as mythical adventurers moving within a beloved but confining Midwest.

“By turns tough, talky, triumphant, and tragic, like the Midwest itself, Alison Powell’s On the Desire to Levitate lifts us above the lush landscapes of her vision. Hers is an elegiac imagination that, in its very lyric confidence, manages to affirm that flight is never simple—all while making it look effortless. In love with language, folk song, the raw fields, and eminence, these poems sing while conjuring. Presto!”

Kevin Young, author of The Grey Album, (New York Times Notable Book, 2012)