Imaginary Vessels  contains monologues from past American celebrities such as the 19th Century ex-Mojave “captive” Olive Oatman, bawdy vaudevillian Mae West, the skulls of anonymous mental health patients unearthed in Colorado, and the iconic comedian W.C. Fields.  Through formally inventive lyrics and sonnet sequences, Rekdal's bold new collection investigates how public identities and monuments become sites for our emotional re-enactments of history.





A Publishers' Weekly "Most Anticipated Book" of Fall 2016

Finalist for the Washington State Book Award

Finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award 

Winner of the Utah 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry

Lannan Literary Selection


MEDIAPublishers' WeeklyThe Los Angeles Times, The Kenyon Review American Poet15 Bytes