This poem means it is the End of Days, Sunshine--.  We're all going to snuff it in the dark and when

          we do, the angels will, like murder birds, descend on us from Heaven, our prayers still caught

          in their teeth.

                                        --from "What This Poem Means"

The painstaking work of two poet-scholars, the collection promises to be a crucial source text for scholars, a course text for students and a manual for seekers who wish to find prayers that fit their condition and cast of mind.​..a groundbreaking source for scholars and readers alike.​

              --The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Winner: 2014 National "Best Books" Award from USA Book News  

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"Despite the clutter of recent poetry contests, the Yale Series of Younger Poets remains the most prestigious, and Hopler's work is an excellent addition to a list that's included James Wright, Adrienne Rich, and Carolyn Forche."

                  --Library Journal

"The best of these poems are truly stunning."

                 --Publishers Weekly

Winner: 2007 National “Best Books” Award from USA Book News 

Winner: 2007 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award

Winner: 2006 Florida Book Award 

Winner: 2006 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award 

Winner: 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award

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Jay Hopler