The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James Books, 2002)

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In his ship’s log, Columbus describes a harbor “so large that all the ships of the world could be contained in it, so sheltered that the oldest line on a ship would hold it fast.” These poems examine the mystery of faith’s power over reason. They occur at the moment just before the apocalypse, the captain’s great discovery.


“Sarah Manguso is an astonishingly good poet whose first book was one of the best published in 2002.” (American Book Review)… “Rarely does a first book resolve itself so assuredly to such a singly consistent and instructive rhetoric.” (Boston Review)… “This impressive debut collection announces an important arrival on the contemporary American poetry scene.” (Southeast Review)… “Manguso balances intellect and emotion in a way many poets strive for and few achieve.” (Rain Taxi)… “Possessed of a rare and valuable quality: It’s funny.” (Parnassus)