Blood Song



Honors & Awards

Washington State Book Award for Poetry (Finalist)

Coil Book Award (Finalist)

Julie Suk Award for Best Book of Poetry from an Independent or University Press (Longlist)


Praise for “Blood Song”

There is a radical nostalgia at the heart of “Blood Song,” a nostalgia that recovers the wounds of experience and brings it to a rich, imaginative culmination. In this way, the book’s title is profoundly apt: on the one hand, Michael Schmeltzer’s poems are about blood and the tragic consciousness that is the result of our being in time; on the other hand, the poems are about song, the reconciling artfulness that is the source of the best poetry. As one of Schmeltzer’s canny speakers says, “I know / better. I’m no better.” Equally unsettling and ravishing, “Blood Song” is a terrific debut. — Rick Barot author of “Chord”


Reviews & Previews

All bodies transform // to water and rubble / when confronted with water and rubble.

In other words we sift through the sad lives / of the tasteless, their grotesque // paintings of bald eagles and motorcycles
From her / this world, / this mangled sentence

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