Publisher: Grove Press
A National Book Award Finalist—a bestiary in verse from the acclaimed poet whose “molten imagination burns new channels for poetry” (Kay Ryan, author of Erratic Facts). Once in a generation a poet arrives with such an unexpected and compelling vision that readers take notice right from the start. With Primate Behavior, Sarah Lindsay made just such a debut with her exuberant, witty, and outrageous poems. Primate Behavior is the product of a wild imagination ranging wide across an abundant imaginary landscape. Sarah Lindsay writes of space migration and the cave paintings of 35,000 B.C; she speaks from the perspective of an embalmed mummy and details the adventures of nineteenth century explorers. In this “must read” volume full of “eerie, spectral beauty,” Lindsay investigates the world as no one else could, reanimating history and folk legend and setting in motion curious new worlds that speak eccentrically, but unmistakably, to our own (Fred Chappell, author of As if it Were).