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Morgan Lucas Schuldt
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Praise for erros . . .
An album of lavish residuals, erros is a “somewhat song . . . in the last of the light, the disassembling light.” Schuldt’s rich play with language is always aware—painfully aware, erotically aware—of its mortal stakes. These are the poems Hopkins would have written were Hopkins a skeleton, a faint web of salt on a dirty stone, a “nakeshift,” a “sakesbelieve.” And with Hopkins’s sense of humor, too: such delight in the final turning of a phrase, a body, a breath. erros is, in Schuldt’s perfect reckoning, “l=u=n=g=u=a=g=e” made “violable—hollow-bright.” — G.C. Waldrep
With Verge, Morgan Lucas Schuldt voices a radical corporality, raw-nerved and searing, in sleight-of-language play and pure sound as deft and inventive as that of Joyce and Mallarmé. This is a rare and profound achievement: the body at the level of the phoneme, a gestural and musical dance of flesh, and an altogether new work. — Carolyn Forché
For a book of beautiful sounds, Verge knows many things. It knows that in our engagement with mortality, joy and what we are “merely” must win out over all of the seductive illusions. Schuldt writes his way into the poetic record through a rich lexical pond (Hopkins, Woolf, Celan). Here phonemes break to refine, twist to fly. — Barbara Cully
About the Author
Morgan Lucas Schuldt died of complications from cystic fibrosis on Jan. 30, 2012, twelve days before his thirty-fourth birthday. Schuldt earned an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Literature at the University of Arizona. He completed two book-length collections, erros and Verge (Parlor Press, 2007), as well as three chapbooks, (as vanish, unespecially) (Flying Guillotine Press, 2012), L=u=N=G=U=A=G=E (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) and Otherhow (Kitchen Press, 2007). A writer of criticism, reviews and interviews, he was a mentor to many poets and a dedicated enthusiast of the work he loved, co-founding and editing CUE (A Journal of Prose Poetry), and editing CUE Editions, a chapbook series.