[UCP Books]: Particle and Wave

“The periodic table serves to frame Landry’s second work, a finalist for the 2012 National Poetry Series Open Competition, but it’s not a distancing device. Instead, Landry uses each element suggestively to create a range of voices that personalize key cultural and historical moments from the eruption of Vesuvius to the recent housing bust.”
– Library Journal


Particle and Wave

Benjamin Landry


Publication date: April 1, 2014 978-0-226-09619-3
  Paper $18.00/₤12.50



“The poetry of everyday (and not so everyday) objects has seldom been as strikingly realized as in this exciting first collection.”
John Ashbery


“Smart and brilliantly inventive, the poems are as malleable, and shimmering, as mercury.”
Paisley Rekdal


“Written with gemlike precision and unfailing musicality, with exhilarating flights of imagination and gentle moments of recognition, these are poems for heart and mind in tandem, as for the particle and wave in competing theories of light.”
Linda Gregerson


“Enticing and resonant, these are poems that stay with you, ‘a scrap of a verse repeated / like a flag flying in the skull.’”
Angie Estes


Benjamin Landry is a Meijer Post-MFA Fellow at the University of Michigan.


Please contact Micah Fehrenbacher at (773) 702-7717 or micahf@uchicago.edu for more information.


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