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Julie Carr was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She attended Barnard College, and though interested in becoming a writer, she focused on dance. After graduating with a B.A. in 1988, she danced for ten years in New York with local companies and choreographers. In 1995, she went to New York University for an M.F.A. in poetry, and, a year later, with the birth of her first child, poetry became her main focus. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006.

Her first collection of poetry, Mead: An Epithalamion (University of Georgia Press, 2004) was selected by Cole Swensen for the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Prize. Her other collections include Sarah — of Fragments and Lines (Coffee House Press, 2010), a National Poetry Series winner; 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta Press, 2010), selected by Rae Armantrout for the 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize; and Equivocal (Alice James Books, 2007). Her study of Victorian poetry and poetics is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive.

Carr is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the co-publisher, alongside her husband, Tim Roberts, of Counterpath Press. She lives in Denver, Colorado and has three children.

Lines of Refusal

Julie Carr
Nothing here, just the sound of the heat, the sound of the cars,
      nothing, nothing

Without failure, no ethics for one who from the very start would be an
      exact coincidence with himself

To the oldest son a scythe, to the second a cock, to the third a cat

Sweet unrest

Avoid rivers, strivers, and voyeurs

I am not afraid to sound

Treasury is a boring word, whereas treasure is an exciting word

Not gather, not tether, no tie

The young brother came to a town that was completely hung with
      black crepe

Wrote his autobiography in exactly thirty-seven words

No friend, no grammar, no end

Later, he too will become an imposing statue

Crawled into a crawl space and pulled shut the door

No wish, no fission, no sign

The hurrying across the avenue

Snow and so on

A young red fox and so on

Face or screen or book and so on

"Lines of Refusal," is from Sarah — of Fragments and Lines, © 2010 by Julie Carr. Used with permission of Coffee House Press.

"Lines of Refusal," is from Sarah — of Fragments and Lines, © 2010 by Julie Carr. Used with permission of Coffee House Press.

Julie Carr

Julie Carr

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Julie Carr was selected by Cole Swensen for the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Prize for her debut collection Mead: An Epithalamion

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        1. It does not take much

        2. Half an hour here, half an hour there

        3. It’s not a “presence” I adore

        4. The erotically swollen moon

        5. Let me go, friends, companions

        6. The soldier watches his kid in a play

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