Lucy Ives's first collection, the book-length poem Anamnesis (2009), won the Slope Editions Book Prize. She is also the author of the “brief novel” Nineties (2013). Ives has been an Iowa Arts fellow, as well as a MacCracken fellow. She is a deputy editor at Triple Canopy and lives in New York, where she is completing a PhD in comparative literature at New York University.
"One could say [this book] is an undressing of the readerly act, of the eye itself and its habit of ‘tugging incessantly forward.’ In fact, Ives’ work contests that forwardness and, in its numerous sequences, she undertakes to imagine alternatives to the no-longer-apparently-natural forces of progress and growth.... A heartbreakingly beautiful work."
"Something magical happens after [Ives] has ruthlessly stamped out any possibility of magic. Out of the prose of confession, an ecstatic discourse emerges; out of the plain, clear style of a sequence of billboards advertising Burmashave, lyricism. As well, astonishing new descriptions of American culture and the limits of writing."