End of the Sentimental Journey
Sarah Vap’s End of The Sentimental Journey is a beautiful collection of the most critically astute filth I’ve ever read. With humor, stunning insight, and shimmering vulgarity Vap invents a fresh means of poetic critique in the poem itself. What she unveils for us is our own culpability in the gendered policing of contemporary poetry. I, for one, feel stimulated at being called out. I love this book.
Sarah Vap grew up in Missoula, Montana. She attended Brown University, where she studied English and American Literature. She received her MFA from Arizona State University, and is completing her PhD at the University of Southern California.
Vap is the author of four collections of poetry. Her first book, Dummy Fire, was selected by Forrest Gander to receive the Saturnalia Poetry Prize. Her second, American Spikenard, was selected by Ira Sadoff to receive the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her third book, Faulkner’s Rosary, was released by Saturnalia Books in 2010. Her fourth book, Arco Iris (Saturnalia, 2012) was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2012. She was a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship for Poetry.
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Ultimately Vap ponders how one can be both poetic vivisectionist and subject of poetic dissection, and what it means to cut into the heart of the poem and find the “gash, slit”—the cipher deciphered intimately in the mysterious recesses of body and word.
$15 Paperback | Published 2013