Wolf Centos

by Simone Muench

wolf-centos“How easily one becomes enraptured by (Simone) Muench’s new collection, given its surprising collisions of images, gorgeous lucidity, and the linguistic fecundity of each vital line. . . . . So ingeniously, seamlessly, and provocatively does Muench arrange her selections, her potent patterns and imaginative juxtapositions retain the beauty and power of the original language while coalescing, alchemically, in original poems of haunting reverie, raw hunger, and struck wonder.”

“Simone Muench’s poetry has always had about it a kind of personal urgency, the sense that image and lyric fully realized offer the self its best landscape. In Wolf Centos that urgency is, if anything, heightened by the constraints of the “cento,” in which all of the poem’s words are taken from other sources. Excused from narrative and anecdote, in a space of deliberate invention, Muench explores the self, desire, hunger, discrimination, animal sound, and song in quick, provisional spaces, often seen the wolf’s chill, primal natural setting but caught, as well, in the poet’s own sharp urban geometries. Her wolf is complex and protean, a familiar, whose howl inhabits and enables the articulate explorations of these powerful poems.”
— Michael Anania

“The cento is the perfect type of poem for this collection, where anxiety of form is a necessary component of the poetics. . . . . A true cento is dual by design; it does not seek to hide its sources, but it must also make a claim to its own originality. Muench’s centos do this to an exceptional degree and that is why these wolves can compel us, whether we like it or not, to ‘rage on raw meat.’”
— Carlo Matos

“Simone Muench has stitched together a new creature out of scraps and vital organs she gathered in the boneyard. It lives. It leaps. It bounds. It’s at your window tonight. Too late for you, sweetheart.”
— Daniel Handler

Wolf Centos by Simone Muench
Publication: September 9, 2014
72 pages. Price: $14.95
ISBN 978-1-936747-79-5

Wolf Centos can be purchased through: www.sarabandebooks.org

Simone Muench is the recipient of an NEA poetry fellowship, two Vermont Studio Center fellowships, two Illinois Arts fellowships, a Yaddo residency, an Artsmith residency, and the Bright Lights/Big Verse PSA Award. She is the author of five full-length collections including Orange Crush and Lampblack & Ash, which was an Editor’s Choice at The New York Times Book Review.

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