A collection of poems exploring questions of religious and linguistic authority, from medieval England to contemporary Appalachia
A National Poetry Series winner, selected and with a foreword by Tracy K. Smith
The poems in Scriptorium are primarily concerned with questions of religious authority. The medieval scriptorium, the central image of the collection, stands for that authority but also for its subversion; it is both a place where religious ideas are codified in writing and a place where an individual scribe might, with a sly movement of the pen, express unorthodox religious thoughts and experiences. In addition to exploring the ways language is used, or abused, to claim religious authority, Scriptorium also addresses the authority of the vernacular in various time periods and places, particularly in the Appalachian slang of the author’s East Tennessee upbringing. Throughout Scriptorium, the historical mingles with the personal: poems about medieval art, theology, and verse share space with poems that chronicle personal struggles with faith and doubt.
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THE NATIONAL POETRY SERIES The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to ensure the publication of 've collections of poetry annually through 've participating publishers. Publication is funded annually by the Lannan Foundation, Amazon Literary Partnership, Barnes & Noble, the Poetry Foundation, the PG Family Foundation and the Betsy Community Fund, Joan Bingham, Mariana Cook, Stephen Graham, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds, William Kistler, Je'rey Ravetch, Laura Baudo Sillerman, and Margaret Thornton. For a complete listing of generous contributors to the National Poetry Series, please visit www.nationalpoetryseries.org. 2015 COMPETITION WINNERS Scriptorium By Melissa Range of Appleton, Wisconsin. Chosen by Tracy K. Smith. Publisher: Beacon Press. Not on the Last Day, But on the Very Last By Justin Boening of Iowa City, Iowa. Chosen by Wayne Miller. Publisher: Milkweed Editions. The Wug Test By Jennifer Kronovet of New York, New York. Chosen by Eliza Griswold. Publisher: Ecco. Tr'buchet By Danniel Schoonebeek of Brooklyn, New York. Chosen by Kevin Prufer. Publisher: University of Georgia Press. The Sobbing School By Joshua Bennett of Yonkers, New York. Chosen by Eugene Gloria. Publisher: Penguin.
Beacon Press Boston POEMS MELISSA RANGE
Beacon Press Boston, Massachusetts www.beacon.org Beacon Press books are published under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. ? 2016 by Melissa Range All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America 19? 18? 17? 16'? 8? 7? 6? 5? 4? 3? 2? 1 This book is printed on acid-free paper that meets the uncoated paper ANSI/NISO speci'cations for permanence as revised in 1992. Text design and composition by Wilsted & Taylor Publishing Services Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Range, Melissa, author. Title: Scriptorium : poems / Melissa Range. Description: Boston : Beacon Press,  Identi'ers: LCCN 2015049944 (print) | LCCN 2016005063 (ebook) ? | ISBN 9780807094440 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780807094457 ? (ebook) Classi'cation: LCC PS3618.A646 A6 2016 (print) | LCC PS3618.A646 ? (ebook) | DDC 811/.6'dc23 LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2015049944
for my grandmothers Edith Mae Davis Range (1907'1995) Ena Gay Ritchie Pierce (1921'2007)