The Solace Is Not the Lullaby Jill Osier

Yale Series of Younger Poets
Publication date:
12 May 2020
Yale University Press
80 pages: 222 x 159 x 12mm
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Jill Osier’s poems of quiet attention comprise this 114th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, called "stunning" by Kimberly Burwick in Orion

The hollow more than shape is certain. The 114th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets features Jill Osier’s poems of quiet attention to the human and natural worlds. Series judge and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips notes, “Osier’s is a sensibility unlike any I’ve encountered before—the poems here are thrilling, and strangely new.” In his foreword to the collection, Phillips writes, “Certain mysteries—most of them—remain mysteries in an Osier poem.” Despite this, Osier’s poetry—distinguished by its brevity, precision, and restraint—offers what Phillips describes as feeling “incongruously (dare I say magically?) like closure, a steady place to land.”

Jill Osier was born in Iowa in 1974. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks from, Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White, and Bedful of Nebraskas. She lives in Alaska. Carl Phillips is the award-winning author of fifteen books of poetry, most recently Wild Is the Wind and Pale Colors in a Tall Field. This is his ninth year as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

“[A] model of clarity and of the powers of brevity, as well as, more subtly, a quiet but no less persuasive interrogation of what we mean, anymore by words like ‘knowing,’ ‘confession,’ ‘story,’ maybe even ‘poetry’ itself.”—Carl Phillips, from the Foreword