New UI Press book delves into a fundamental of poetic form — the line

A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, edited by Emily Rosko and Anton Vander Zee, is now available from the University of Iowa Press. The book may be obtained at bookstores or directly from the UI Press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at

In the arena of poetry and poetics over the past century, no idea has been more alive and contentious than the idea of form, and no aspect of form has more emphatically sponsored this marked formal concern than the line. But what, exactly, is the line?

Rosko and Vander Zee’s anthology gives 70 original answers, including contributions by emerging and established poets who represent a broad spectrum of poetic practice in the 21st century.

Rosko, an assistant professor of creative writing at the College of Charleston, is the author of Raw Goods Inventory, winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize. Vander Zee is a visiting faculty member at the College of Charleston, and his articles and review essays have appeared in Modern Philology, the Wallace Stevens Journal, Agni, and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.