THE NEXT COUNTRY

Alice James Books, 2008

  • 2007 Kinereth Gensler Award Winner
  • Finalist for the Levis Reading Prize
  • Finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in Poetry
  • Featured in Virginia Quarterly Review’s list of Best Poetry Books of 2008

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“Novey strikes a fine balance between hints and allusions to political history and generalized or allegorical locales, not proper nouns or place names but ‘leaping wells to the underworld’. . .”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[Novey’s] spare poems are enticing…luring the reader in with just a few compelling, carefully chosen details…leaving the reader to marvel and wonder and want more.”

-Matthew Thorburn in Pleiades

“Novey’s collection deftly navigates complex ideas about politics, history and memory by creating timeless allegories…The Next Country is a quiet beauty of a book.”

-Erica Meitner in Lilith Magazine

“Each poem is a country and as we read we move from country to country, between regions of human experience, through the territory of the imagination… Novey’s appeal to our natural (irresistible) curiosity about where we are, where we are going, and what’s over the next hill, will win every time.”

—Joshua Neely in Taurpaulin Sky

Novey’s observations are genuine, artful, and inhabited. She is mindful of geographic realms; shifts in natural terrain, plants, and animals. She is keenly aware of culture and customs. She is equally mindful of her own center of gravity, i.e., the English language and a slightly shy North American point of vantage. It serves Novey’s poems well.

-Scott Hightower in Fogged Clarity

“We could have had different parents, could have been “disappeared” by the dictator, could have returned to the scene just a moment too late.  This is the real mysterious heart of  The Next Country, a dreamlike quality that creates, from concrete experience, a shifting and untethered self.”

Rachel Richardson in 751 Magazine