The Vault

Longlist, National Book Awards 2021 for Poetry

ISBN 9781948579186
Alice James Books
Andrés Cerpa

Andrés Cerpa is the author of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy, and The Vault. A recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and CantoMundo, his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Puerto Rico en mi Corazón, The BreakBeat Poets Vol 4: LatiNext, The Nation, and elsewhere. (Photo credit: Alice Plati) More about this author >

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The Vault is a quiet and vulnerable sequence of ethereal fragments, letters, and poems that trace a narrative of love and healing in the afterlife of a parent’s death. Seasons turn and a life is built despite the ruin. Each poem is a music box of prayer, of the decisions made and yet to be made.