Jennifer Boyden’s first book, The Mouths of Grazing Things, won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry in 2010. Her work has been recognized with a PEN Northwest Wilderness Writing Residency as well as an Artist Trust Grant. She lives in Oregon.
Winner of the 2013 Four Lakes Poetry Prize
“I can’t remember a recent book so inhabited by a spirit of unease about where we find ourselves now. ‘Always in search of the voices,’ Jennifer Boyden writes, and I can feel her probing for a way to give shape, less to a catalog of our social and spiritual predicaments than the mood of our times. ‘The god of no ears. /The god of why bother, of make it stop’ suggests both her assessment and her method—her poems don't describe so much as embody this disquiet. This is a wise book by a talented poet.”
“From the crystal doorknob transmitters that open The Declarable Future to the last will of the lost man that closes it, I was utterly captivated by the power of Jennifer Boyden’s parallel world—a timely, disquieting parable for the broken one in which we live. Her lost man, like Z. Herbert’s Mr. Cogito, becomes an alter ego who inhabits and interprets our current predicament. Her colloquial language is lucid, metaphorically inventive, constantly surprising—a rare blend of the piquant and the quietly tragic.”
University of Wisconsin Press