Ben Purkert

Instructor & Writer
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Ben Purkert is the author of For the Love of Endings (Four Way Books, 2018). His work appears or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. An editor at Guernica, he teaches at Rutgers. He's currently at work on a novel about toxic masculinity. You can read more of his work at or on Twitter (@BenPurkert).


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I’m a Nervous Wreck When I Write Prose

I am yet another poet writing a novel. Which is to say, I find myself in hell.

May 06, 2021
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