Winner of the 1913 First Book Prize selected by Claudia Rankine.
The poems, often by their very form, invite conversations that one wants to be having and that poetry needs to be having and that aren’t always comfortable to have. Arcane Rituals For the Future refuses complacency as an orientation toward the future—the illusory teleology of which the title subverts—and it is made of poems that give pleasure. Despite the difficulty of extracting from a complex and marvelously made whole, how about this quotation as a glimpse of one aspect of Haven’s invitation: “What is important now is the matchbooks that are in the drawer. Get them now. Build a house out of them.” -Lisa Fishman