The University of Wisconsin Press



Judith Vollmer

The University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series

"Read Reactor and let Vollmer refresh your geography in startling ways."—Robin Becker, author of The Horse Fair

gives voice to beloved and ruined American landscapes through extended meditations of an urban mystical wanderer.

"Reactor places new emphasis on our complicitous age of nuclear fission at all levels of conscientiousness, in the strategies of highbrow expatriates, and Vollmer's identification with the 'lowest of the low' wayfaring strangers, a high-wire act among her pantheon of peasant witnesses. This archaeology of tonalities, sometimes evinced with compelling lines from her literary ancestors, connects the fierce remembrance of 'family,' hers and ours. We have a new vocabulary of songmaking, ancient and modern."
—Michael S. Harper, poet laureate emeritus, Rhode Island

The University of Wisconsin Press Poetry Series
Ronald Wallace, Series Editor

Judith Vollmer is professor of English and director of the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Her books include The Door is Open to the Fire and Level Green, the 1990 winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry.

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April 2004
LC: 2003021173 PS
106 pp. 6 1/2 x 10

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ISBN 978-0-299-19944-9
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