Consequence congratulates Peter Balakian, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection Ozone Journal. An excerpt from the collection, “Name and Place”, appears in Consequence’s Volume 5 and a review of the book appears on Consequence Online. George Kovach’s review of Mr. Balakian’s earlier book, Ziggurat, appeared in Consequence, Volume 3.
According to an article in the New York Times:
Mr. Balakian’s seventh book of poems, like much of his previous work, is deeply rooted in thoughts about the Armenian genocide. The author, 64, traveled in 2009 to excavate the bones of victims in the Syrian desert. The title poem of “Ozone Journal”— a 55-section collage that moves between that 2009 experience and memories of life in 1980s Manhattan — is a sequel to an earlier work.
“Poetry in particular has a great capacity to absorb history,” he said. “It can make historical memory into a dynamic contemporary force, so that the past seems alive — is alive.”
In his review of Ozone Journal, Consequence contributor Keith Jones wrote:
We hope you enjoy Mr. Balakian’s essay,“President Obama’s Literary Farewell”, published by Consequence.