"Mothman Apologia" by Robert Wood Lynn

Mothman Apologia Robert Wood Lynn, Rae Armantrout

Series:
Yale Series of Younger Poets
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
10 May 2022
ISBN:
9780300261073
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
96 pages: 235 x 156mm
Sales territories:
World

Robert Wood Lynn’s collection of poems explores the tensions of youth and the saturation points of knowledge: those moments when the acquisition of understanding overlaps with regret and becomes a desire to know less. Comprising poems of place set across the Virginias, this collection includes an episodic elegy exploring the opioid crisis in the Shenandoah Valley as well as a separate series of persona poems reimagining the Mothman (West Virginia’s famed cryptid) reluctantly coming of age in that state’s mountains and struggling with the utility of warnings. These are narrative poems of love and grief, built from a storytelling tradition. Taken together they form an arc encompassing the experience of growing up, looking away, and looking back. This collection was selected by prestigious poet Rae Armantrout to become the 116th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Robert Wood Lynn is a writer from Virginia. His work has appeared in Antioch Review, The Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and other journals. He splits his time between Brooklyn, NY, and Rockbridge County, VA.