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Carol Mirakove


    2003, 52 pages

    ISBN 0-932716-66-0



    Occupied by Carol Mirakove is the third winner of the Frances Jaffer Book Award. Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, this year's judge, writes: "Occupied is porous to life, a life Mirakove expresses with a strict beauty of witness, of demand." The book's areas of witness are the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Both an angry and a thoughtful book, Occupied provides a reference section at the end citing sources for its naming of names. In spirit, it is a work of poetics belonging to the body of contemporary poetry that is providing a public forum for provocative, soul-searching discussion.



    Carol Mirakove is the author of Mediated (Factory School, 2006), Occupied (Kelsey Street Press, 2003), and two chapbooks, temporary tattoos (BabySelf Press, 2002) and Wall (ixnay, 1999). She is a founding member of the subpress collective. Her essay, "Anxieties of Information" appears in the debut issue of Small Press Traffic's magazine, Traffic. She currently lives in Brooklyn.


    Carol Mirakove's poetry does its work not only through rage and persistence but also through tenderness. There is a love for the possibility that lies within language, a belief that rescrambling the channels can alter the extent to which we accept the administered language of the state and the media, sometimes even poetry, that suckers us into going with the flow, punching in, punching out.

    — Heather Fuller

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