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This brave and remarkable debut functions as one long poem and achieves extension through Stein-like repetition, and meaning through accretion and excess. In seeking a metaphorical ideal, Ann Killough's struggle to write is a struggle to understand her feelings for her nation--a process akin to a mother learning that her child is a murderer, a truth from which there can be no refuge or respite.

About the Author


Ann Killough's work has appeared in Fence, FIELD, Poetry Ireland Review, Sentence, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Sinners in the Hands: Selections from the Catalog received the 2003 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. Killough lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, and coordinates the Brookline Poetry Series and the Mouthful Reading Series in Cambridge.

Praise For…


Ann Killough’s voice is self-aware, skeptical, and inconsolable. With bracketed lower-case titles and long strophic lines, with fragmented echoes of the white whale and the open road, and with proliferating metaphors that question the worth and nature of metaphor itself, Killough probes the soul of twenty-first-century America and gives our own quiet desperation a name and vivid shape.”Fred Marchant

"Beloved Idea investigates our world with passionately reasoned nearly desperate attention. Acknowledging the present we find ourselves questioning, Ann Killough braves multiple acts of metaphorical consequence. Reading this book awakens one's desire to understand why we're here and what we're capable of thinking. It invites one's mind to awaken. It is therefore a very, very good book."Dara Wier

"This brave and remarkable debut functions as one long poem and achieves extension through Stein-like repetition, and meaning through accretion and excess. In seeking a metaphorical ideal, Killough’s struggle to write is a struggle to understand her feelings for her nationa process akin to a mother learning that her child is a murderer, a truth from which there can be no refuge or respite. "Killough is a poet who is not afraid to be 'too big.' Her world cannot be contained within narrow margins; her sentences sprawl across the lines and pages like our own messy beloved geographies, the country we call home." Library Journal

"[Beloved Idea] is an interesting trip through the minefield of metaphor. Each one you step on has the possibility of exploding."The Great American Pin-Up

"Disentangling the complicated intersections of faith and American identity drive the progression of the twenty-three poems that make up Beloved IdeaThe poems skirt on the edge of the breakdown of language as the metaphor takes on a variety of guises: sheep’s clothing, Melville’s white whale, an astronaut, the Mississippi RiverBeloved Idea uses the idea of the metaphor to create pluralities of meaning within one word or symbol."ForeWord Magazine

"Astonishingly original and disturbingly urgent, Beloved Idea foregrounds metaphor as a means of exploring the nation in which we live. Using the sentence as a flexible prosodic unit, Ann Killough creates a sequence that offers linguistic delights and sly humor even as it forces us to confront the most difficult questions about our history, literature, politics, and culture."Martha Collins


Product Details
ISBN: 9781882295654
ISBN-10: 188229565X
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2007
Pages: 72
Language: English