In poems that travel from the horrific flight of a World War II pilot to the World Trade Center attack, from the death of JFK Jr. to the poet's own bastard birth, Ai conjures purity as a distant memory and the kwledge of evil as an infinite dark night. An undoubtedly powerful personae. -Publishers Weekly Ai's cleansing soliloquies give voice to pain both personal and communal...[Dread] presents her most masterfully unnerving works to date. -Booklist Dread has the characteristic moral strength that makes Ai a necessary poet. -The New York Times Book Review
Ai (1947-2010) is the author of eight books of poetry, including the National Book Award-winning Vice. In 2009 she was named a United States Artist Ford Fellow. She was a professor at Oklahoma State University.