Monday, April 17, 2017

“The God of Nothingness” by Mark Wunderlich

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April 17, 2017

The God of Nothingness

Mark Wunderlich

About This Poem


"For some time I have been thinking about narrative poems and the ways they can create dramatic tension. In this poem, I experimented with a kind of tonal flatness, as I didn't want to take this story about my father's struggle with brain cancer and turn it into melodrama. I also knew I needed to reward the reader's attention by offering a moment of poetic lift—a leap toward the unknowable. That's where the poem's title entered into the story, and the illness I write about took the form of a malevolent god."
—Mark Wunderlich


Mark Wunderlich is the author of The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014). He teaches at Bennington College and lives in Hudson, New York.


Photo credit: Mary Jane Dean


Poetry by Wunderlich


The Earth Avails

(Graywolf Press, 2014)

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