Amy Tudor ~ Studies in Extinction

Studies in Extinction

Amy Tudor

Amy Tudor’s first collection of poetry, A Book of Birds, was the winner of the Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry and was published by Briery Creek Press in 2008.  She holds both a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary humanities and a MFA in creative writing, and she is a recipient of grants from both the Kentucky Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. In addition to her poetry, Tudor has published fiction, creative nonfiction, photographs, and songs. She teaches creative writing and interdisciplinary courses in death studies at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.


Amy Tudor is an elegist of the first order.  Her new collection, Studies in Extinction, is a piercing and luminous meditation on Mortui vivos docent, “May the living learn from the dead.”  Herein we find a speaker wise enough to know that “the world wins,” but “grateful/ for even […] that soft, warm, impossible weight” she—and we—must carry when it does.
—Julie Marie Wade, author of Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems and When I was Straight

In Studies in Extinction, Amy Tudor redefines the ideas of pain and forfeiture, turning them into celebration, a jugular-soaked embrace of nature and its claws. These are the poems of someone who knows death, even before its always-necessary arrival…Yet Tudor also assures that we are destined to survive, in lieu of anger and crazed modernity, and to recognize the truth, as it appears on the last page of this complex and remarkable book.
—Sam Pereira, author of Bad Angels and Dusting on Sunday

Amy Tudor’s gorgeous new collection, Studies in Extinction, is—in fact—a sequence of eloquent studies in living. Elegantly and richly written, always historically and emotionally resonant, these poems ask us to look out into the natural world, then deeply into ourselves; and, Amy Tudor makes clear, we must consider also how we might begin to make sense of our observations. These immaculately written poems are psalms of hope, powerful talismans, and braided songs raised against every promise of our coming extinction.
—David St. John, author of The Window: Poems, 1998-2012 and Study for the World’s Body: New and  Selected Poems

Paperback: 76 pages
Publisher: Aldrich Publishing (March 16, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692610804
ISBN-13: 978-0692610800
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces 

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