Winner of the 2016 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry
Daughter, Daedalus is Alison Moncrief Bromage’s debut book of poems and the 2016 winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry from Truman State University Press. Daughter, Daedalus is a siren song composed of loss and beauty. Moncrief Bromage uses detailed themes of mothering and barrenness so wonderfully interwoven that readers will feel the pain and want as seeming simultaneously just out of reach and attached to the soul. In her collection of apostrophes and open letters to the mythic inventor Daedalus and her daughter, Moncrief Bromage hauntingly presents intersections between the natural laws of the physical world and the powers of mystery, creation, and myth.
“Daughter, Daedalus is both original and very often masterful. From the very first poem, the reader is taken in by the language and inventiveness. There is also an elevated High Church intention—a scent of incense and bells chiming—that T.S. Eliot would have recognized.”
—Jennifer Clement, 2016 judge, T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry