Diane Seuss writes in this brilliant, candid work, her most personal collection to date. These 120 poems tell the story of a life at risk of spilling over the edge of the page, from Seuss’s working-class childhood in rural Michigan to the dangerous allures of New York City and back again. With sheer virtuosity, Seuss moves nimbly across thought and time, poetry and punk, AIDS and addiction, Christ and motherhood, showing us what we can do and what we can do without. Like a series of cels on a filmstrip, frank: sonnets captures the magnitude of a life lived honestly. Seuss is at the height of her powers, devastatingly astute, austere, and—in a word—frank. – Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
Diane Seuss is the author of five books of poetry. She was a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, and in 2021 she received the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Michigan.