Ben Purkert

Instructor & Writer
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Ben Purkert is the author of For the Love of Endings, named one of Adroit's best poetry books of 2018. His poems and book reviews appear in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. An editor at Guernica, he is the founder of Back Draft, an interview series focused on poetry and revision. Formerly a New York Times fellow at NYU, he teaches at Rutgers. You can find more of his work at or on Twitter @BenPurkert.


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Cover Photo: An illustration of a snake, poised to strike, fangs bared, as if almost smiling
The Only Invitation

I was begging / for some grandeur even if it meant / a little blood or whole limb

Feb 08, 2021