Ben Purkert

Ben Purkert‘s poems appear in AGNI, Boston Review, Fence, Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He is also the founder of CityShelf, an easy way to source books locally and support indie bookstores. More information at

Fall 2014

Remaining on Point

By Ben Purkert

To the ground, a tree is tangential. The sky’s always on the fence. Honey, I can’t decide when, where, or how. All I know is please remove your heels before […]

Music In Motion: If One Of Us Should Fall

By Ben Purkert

Forget aspiring to the condition of music—Nicole Terez Dutton’s poetry achieves it. Winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, If One Of Us Should Fall accompanies a touring musician across a “sprawl of club dates from coast to coast, [a] series of sad motels in pastel disrepair.”