What makes Guinevere in Baltimore work is the sheer brilliance of the individual poems...masterfully crafted, a veritable feast for any lover of words."

               – from Charles Simic’s foreword

"A freakishly brilliant book in its conception, Shelley Puhak’s Guinevere in Baltimore raises the stakes for American poetry of the twenty-first century."

               – Cate Marvin

"Daring and totally distinctive...[Puhak] has found her place and staked her poetic claim."

               - Kenyon Review Online

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Winner of the Anthony Hecht Prize
selected by Charles Simic


Winner of the Towson Prize for Literature

"Deeply political and deeply personal, Stalin in Aruba is a startling debut...Puhak has me hooked. This is a poet to keep your eye on!"

               —Julianna Baggott

"Shelley Puhak’s stunning first book of poems is not so much a voyage but a zigzagging from one strange and fascinating port to another: Hitler’s lovers, lady laudanum drinkers, a high-school Proteus, gypsies, Raphael’s portrait of Pope Leo X, a Polish refugee who triples her weight after marriage, and a cemetery of life stories."
               —John Surowiecki

"The collection is impressively strong...a consistently engrossing read. This first collection is a confident debut by a quietly talented writer."


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