The Missing Museum

The Missing Museum
Amy King

Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize
A Small Press Distibution Poetry Bestseller
Poetry | 5.25″x8″ | 114 pp. | Paperback | July 2016.

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Nothing that is complicated may ever be simplified, but rather catalogued, cherished, exposed. The Missing Museum spans art, physics & the spiritual, including poems that converse with the sublime and ethereal. They act through ekphrasis, apostrophe & alchemical conjuring. They amass, pile, and occasionally flatten as matter is beaten into text. Here is a kind of directory of the world as it rushes into extinction, in order to preserve and transform it at once.

“Understanding” is not a part of the book’s project, but rather a condition that one must move through like a person hurriedly moving through a museum.”

— Publishers Weekly

In The Missing Museum, poet and Women’s National Book Association Award-winner Amy King balances passages that can prompt head-scratching wonder with a direct fusillade of shouty caps. The immediate and the inaccessible eye one another in the halls, exhibits of history both natural and not…. If this all sounds obscure and forbidding, at times it can be. Sometimes the thrill of reading poetry is the sense one minute that you understand the poet so clearly you’re not just seeing through her eyes but, perhaps more importantly, breathing through her lungs.

—  Heather Seggel, Lambda Literary

A visceral stunner … and an instruction manual…. King’s archival work testifies to the power—however obscured by the daily noise of our historical moment—of art, of the possibility for artists to legislate the world

— Janet McAdams, Kenyon Review

Reminded me of poems by Jim Carroll … or Henry Rollins. These poems are unkempt, full of street-intellectualizing that is delightfully pushy.

— Mary McCray, Big Bang Poetry


read excerpts from The Missing Museum

tour dates for Amy King and The Missing Museum

(reverse chronology)

10 December 2016: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Hudson Valley Writer’s Workshop
Workshop with Amy King: Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali: Poetry as Pandoric Praxis
300 Riverside Drive

9 December 2016: Sleepy Hollow, NY
Hudson Valley Writer’s Workshop
w/ Amy King & Camille Rankine
300 Riverside Drive

9 November 2016: NYC
Amy King moderates “The Power of Poetry in a Complex World
for the Women’s National Book Association
Pace University
Bianco Room/Pace University Downtown Campus
One Pace Plaza (in Lower Manhattan)

25 October 2016: New York, NY
Sexism in the Literary World
w/ Bonnie Nadzam, Porochista Khakpour, Kavita Das, and Amy King
7:00 pm
The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street (between Fifth and Madison)

16 October 2016: New York, NY
Amy King, Daniel Owen, and Tommy Pico
6pm (w/ sculpture viewing and social hour @ 5pm)
44-19 Purves St
(718) 361-1750

24 September: New York, NY
The New International: Working Poets of the World, Unite!
w/ Laura Sims, Amy King, Rickey Laurentiis, Rashida Jones, Corey P. Spencer, Alex Bernstein, Sasha Smith, Anmarie Souchi
7:00pm – 9:00pm
@KGB Bar in Manhattan
85 E 4th St

21 May 2016: Provincetown, MA
Voices of Poetry
Featuring Amy King, Michael Klein, Jill McDonough & Afaa Michael Weaver.
With music and pre-recital reception with wine & appetizers at 4pm.
Reading starts at 5pm.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
460 Commercial Street

17 May 2016: Washington, DC
Poetry Reading with Amy King and Maureen Thorson
7 p.m.
Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur St NW


about Amy King

Amy King is the author of the poetry collection, The Missing Museum, co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. King also joins the ranks of Ann Patchett, Eleanor Roosevelt & Rachel Carson as the recipient of the 2015 Women’s National Book Association Award. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is currently co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology, Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She is also co-editing the anthology, Bettering American Poetry 2015, and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

read more at our author page for Amy King