Results of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award in the year 1993.
Rapture is the newest collection from a remarkable voice in American poetry. Susan Mitchell’s poems are about self-discovery, and how memory and experience blend to lead us to newer, more realized and complex selves. Mitchell’s gift is her ability to see, with humor and acuity, the extraordinary within the commonplace. Whether listening to a jazz pianist reaching for new sounds as he lingers over a hotel piano or recalling a runaway child on a bus trip across America, Mitchell guides us into a world of her narratives, a world in which she creates her reality by the mere act of observing it, and this reality, at once wholly unique and deeply familiar, has an exhilarating capacity for transcendence. Combining a boldly realistic vision with graceful, evocative lyricism, and moving easily between free verse and elegant versification, Rapture confirms Mitchell’s place as one of the most compelling poets writing today.