“The Wilderness, a compendious gathering of new and selected poems, makes clear what readers of hers over the years have increasingly come to feel—that Maurya Simon’s is one of the strongest, most humane, imaginative, compassionate, and flat-out brilliant voices of her generation.”—Richard Tillinghast, author of Wayfaring Strangers


“Maurya Simon's language is lush, dense, sensual, and framed by a dazzling intellect. In this her New & Selected Poems we come to see the full power of her symphonic sweep and the sheer dynamism of her compositional slant—riffs, play, improvisation, harmonic resonance—yet the resolve is always there, always a breathless moment. . . . Maurya Simon’s oeuvre is a deliberate world of grace, awe, beauty, delight, and wonder. In these poems you will find rest, comfort, deep questions, some discomfort, but always joy. Read this book—you will be grateful for it.”—Chris Abani, author of Sanctifum and Hands Washing Away

The Wilderness is nothing short of astonishing. Maurya Simon is a poet for the ages, an exuberant chronicler of moments large and small who discovers at every turn new ways of illuminating the sum of her experience, and in this new and selected edition of work gathered over many decades she reveals herself to be in the grip of what Wallace Stevens called ‘the necessary angel of earth’—the one who helps us to see the world around us in all its resplendent glory.”—Christopher Merrill, author of Self-Portrait with Dogwood