2017 is not the time to blink

Math, Heaven, Time: American Edition

Mandy Kahn

After selling out its hardcover British edition, Mandy Kahn’s stunning first collection of poems, MATH, HEAVEN, TIME, is now available in an American paperback edition.

This is a collection with easy lyricism and clear-eyed wisdom woven effortlessly into its remarkably readable fabric, written by a poet whom World Literature Today calls “a rising star of West Coast poetry,” and about whom Flaunt magazine says, “She is that relatively rare cultural anomaly, the professional poet, who confounds the warnings of finger- wagging parents and college counsellors everywhere.”

In January of 2016, former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser featured a poem from the collection in his syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry. Kahn collaborates with composers to create works that feature poetry in tandem with classical music and has had readings and signings at Colette (Paris), Motto (Berlin), Shoreditch House (London), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), Printed Matter (New York) and Art Center College of Design (Pasadena). She was one of several librettists who wrote the text for the critically acclaimed opera-in-cars Hopscotch; her libretto for the project was quoted in The New Yorker. Kahn also works as an essayist, and is coauthor, with Aaron Rose, of the nonfiction book Collage Culture: Examining the 21st Century’s Identity Crisis.

“In Math, Heaven, Time, the poet achieves a dazzling wingspan, a freedom with form and usage, image and identity, rare as a true crush. Rarer still, Ms. Kahn’s poetry inspires rereading. Every time I go back, I’m struck by the freshness of her language. What could be rarer than a repeatable eureka?” – Brendan Constantine