About the Author:
MARYANN CORBETT earned a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota and expected to be teaching Beowulf/ and Chaucer, but instead has spent more than 30 years working for the Minnesota Legislature. Her third book, Mid Evil, is the winner of the Richard Wilbur Award. She is the author of Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter (Able Muse Press, 2013) and Breath Control (David Robert Books, 2012) as well as two chapbooks. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Barro, Southwest Review, River Styx, Atlanta Review, Rattle, Subtropics, w Street, and many other journals and anthologies. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac,/ and /American Life in Poetry. They have been finalists for Best of the Net, the Morton Marr Prize, the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, and the Able Muse book prize, and have won the Lyric Memorial Award and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.
About Mid Evil:
The poems in Mid Evil look at the contemporary world through the lens of the poems of the Middle Ages. The book's title puns onmedieval and /amid evil,/ which is the way we live, the "dark wood," in Dante's phrase, through which we make our way. /Mid Evil/ is the 2014 winner of the Richard Wilbur Award from the University of Evansville Press and was recently featured on Poetry Daily.
"Maryann Corbett is a medievalist and a singer of sacred music, but her poetry will not settle in the rare book room or the choir loft. An imp of instability, a demon from a Germanic forest, is forever lurking at its edges. She is like the monk who goes on transcribing while the door is being battered down by Vikings. Can high culture survive in America? Corbett, in Mid Evil, confirms that it can. She confirms it not only with elegance and vivacity but with the Midwesterner s natural aversion to affectation. Hers is a plain-speaking lyricism that, buttressed by formal dexterity, can "sing, against the winds of history, that even now our darkened hearts might burn."--George Green, winner of the New Criterion Prize and the Poets' Prize.