Sze’s poetry generates poignant correspondences and startling intimacies, offering readers a deep and daily grounding in the world.<br><br>
<ul><li>Sze’s most recent collection <em>Sight Lines</em> won the 2019 National Book Award. <br> <li>Sze is highly critically acclaimed—<em>Compass Rose</em> was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and his other works have received national honors such as the Jackson Poetry Prize and the American Book Award <br> <li>Copper Canyon has published Sze since the 1990s, with a collection of new and selected poems, numerous collections of original poetry, and a collection of translations from the Chinese. <br> <li>Sze’s writing draws and breaks from Chinese poetry and philosophical tradition. His negotiation of cultural influence and difference has made his work foundational to many Asian American writers. <br> <li>Sze’s work marks a significant contribution to the ecopoetics genre, his writing drawing from indigenous and non-Western lifeworlds and advocating an ethics of deep and transformative notice.<br> <li>Sze’s writing articulates a response to global and environmental injustices, enacting a deep sense of connectivity and collective obligation.<br> <li>Sze’s work is particularly resonant to the Southwest. His previous collection <em>The Ginkgo Light</em> (2009) received the PEN Southwest Book Award and his poetry is imbued with New Mexico’s long-line mesas and the many cultures native to the region. </ul>
“Classically elegant.”—The New York Times Book Review Sze's free verse emphasizes at once how difficult, and how necessary, it is for us to imagine our world as a system whose ecologies and societies require us to care for all their interdependent parts." —Publishers Weekly “Sze’s list-laden sequences capture the world’s manifold facts one by one, then through discursive commentary exact from them a sense not only of aesthetic order but of universal cause and effect.”—Boston Review "Sze…here captures the energy of life in overshadowed daily events....His poems mine everything from geography, history, and biology to philosophy and nature, interweaving them to create a complex and luminous poetic texture....His poetry is an experience of awakening and pleasure that all serious students of contemporary poetry should have." —Library Journal "Whether incorporating nature, philosophy, history, or science, Sze's poems are expansive. They unfold like the time-slowed cinematic recording of a flower's blooming…Sze has a refreshingly original sensibility and style, and he approaches writing like a collagist by joining disparate elements into a cohesive whole." —Booklist A temple near the hypocenter of the atomic blast at Hiroshima was disintegrated, but its ginkgo tree survived to bud and bloom. Arthur Sze extends this metaphor of survival and perseverance to transform the world’s factual darkness into precarious splendor. “Each hour teems,” Sze writes, as he ingeniously integrates the world’s miraculous and mundane—a woodpecker drilling a utility pole or a 1300-year-old lotus seed—into a moving, visionary journey. Mayans charted Venus’s motion across the sky,poured chocolate into jars and interred themwith the dead. A woman dips three bowls intohair’s fur glaze, places them in a kiln, anticipatesremoving them, red-hot, to a shelf to cool.When samba melodies have dissipated into air,when lights wrapped around a willow have vanished,what pattern of shifting lines leads to Duration? Arthur Sze, one of America’s leading poets, is the author of nine books of poetry and translation. He is professor emeritus of creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and just completed a term as Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
– In suppport of his last book of poems, he was a guest on NPR's «Fresh Air» for a long interview – Arthur has become a well-known poet, winning prizes, getting reviewed in national magazines (The New Yorker), and serving on prize committees – Quipo is Copper Canyon's fourth book from Arthur Sze – Sze is a staff favorite
This collection spans more than a quarter century of published work, including selections from five previous award-winning books, and makes available for the first time the full range of Sze's remarkable poetry. Through the startling juxtaposition of images, Sze reveals the interconnectedness, the interdependency of things and ideas, always with an ear attuned to pitch and cadence.
Winner of the 2019 National Book Award From the current phenomenon of drawing calligraphy with water in public parks in China to Thomas Jefferson laying out dinosaur bones on the White House floor, from the last sighting of the axolotl to a man who stops building plutonium triggers, Sight Lines moves through space and time and brings the disparate and divergent into stunning and meaningful focus. In this new work, Arthur Sze employs a wide range of voices—from lichen on a ceiling to a man behind on his rent—and his mythic imagination continually evokes how humans are endangering the planet; yet, balancing rigor with passion, he seizes the significant and luminous and transforms these moments into riveting and enduring poetry.
2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist "Compass Rose [is] a collection in which the poet uses capacious intelligence and lyrical power to offer a dazzling picture of our inter-connected world."—Pulitzer Prize finalist announcement [Sze] brings together disparate realms of experience—astronomy, botany, anthropology, Taoism—and observes their correspondences with an exuberant attentiveness."—The New Yorker A child playing a game, tea leaves resting in a bowl, an abandoned dog, a foot sticking out from a funeral pyre, an Afghan farmer pausing as mortars fire at the enemy: in Arthur Sze's tenth book, the world spins on many points of reference, unfolding with full sensuous detail. Arthur Sze is the author of The Ginkgo Light (2009), Quipu (2005), and The Redshifting Web (1998). He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.