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"Gregory Pardlo’s exceptional third collection of poems, brilliantly explicates the way the mind is culturally programmed to deal with otherness by projecting racist and sexist fears onto that other."


- Los Angeles Review of Books


stay memory,

time’s plagiarist. Stay poem, spare tire for memory.

from "The Essay on Faith" in Spectral Evidence


Gregory Pardlo is the author of Digest, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other books include Totem, winner of the American Poetry Review/ Honickman Prize and Air Traffic, a memoir in essays. His honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University-Camden, and a visiting professor of creative writing at NYU Abu Dhabi.


spectral evidence

“[Spectral Evidence] lays bare the flimsy foundations of America’s justice system. . . . With characteristic intelligence, Pardlo confronts uncomfortable and enduring truths.”

Publisher's Weekly


“A bright-red thread of fatherhood runs through this book—at times tenuous, at times mythic—always searching and revelatory, grounded in our present moment while wrestling with eternity—a thrilling, brilliant, and deeply moving ride.”

Nick Flynn

air traffic

“A haunting memoir by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo... Simple description does not do Pardlo’s story justice; only his own sublime words can achieve that.”

Janet Maslin, The New York Times, “17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer”

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