A Sybil Society: Poems

Winner of the Interim Poetics' TEST SITE Poetry Prize

2020 Test Site Poetry Prize Winner

Published: 1/15/2022

In her debut collection, Katherine Factor excavates a post-patriarchal world with poems inspired by ancient oracles and goddess wisdom, mining time, ruins, and intelligence of past civilizations.

Praise for A Sybil Society: Poems

In A Sybil Society, Katherine Factor has made a new prosody, using urban slang, internet shorthand, and all the variations of American English in the 21st century, a system of new sound that refuses easy epiphany, offering instead a twisting language, mad speaker, and always original address to try to reach us, here, on what’s left of our earth.” —Ronaldo Wilson

"Yes, I want to morph exploitive logics into deep fungal punster connectedness. Here comes A Sibyl Society. Rampaging, delicate, muscular, hilarious oracle, please tell us what to do!"
—CATHERINE WAGNER, author of Of Course

"Throughout this marvelously sparkly, quick-witted collection, sound leads the mind, mining rhyme, echo, pun, and any number of other verbal gymnastics. Tone leads, too; a rather sassy contemporaneity reigns—it's delightful and incredibly smart. If you're looking for the oracular, this Sybil is, per tradition, utterly cryptic, and yet her take on the future feels firm. And firmly rooted in the magic of language; as Factor says, "Best to let the alphabet / sail in."                            

COLE SWENSEN, author of Art in Time