A collection of poems. These poems have been widely published in prestigious American literary magazines. Melissa Tuckey's award-winning first book of poems, Tenuous Chapel, was chosen by Charles Simic. It is written in a time of war. Tuckey works in fragments and compressed lyric. Both intimate and worldly, brief poems open into wide spaces. Individual actions have consequences, dichotomies between self and other break down, individuals become part of larger events. At times full of delight, at times devastating, the poems in Tenuous Chapel are subversive. Lovers burst into flame or flower, farmers are eager to return to their fields, small hands are sometimes agile enough to stop the bombs from exploding.