06 - Eden in the Rearview Mirror by Susan Elbe May 29, 2008 19:32:57 GMT 2
Post by shayepoet on May 29, 2008 19:32:57 GMT 2
Eden in the Rearview Mirror
"I can't remember a manuscript that enacts so well a painful or
difficult transformation. Read and love this book as I do. "
-- Hilda Raz, co-author of What Becomes You
Across the room, a group of 20-somethings,
winding down their pasta dinners,
discover you can fret your finger on the rim
making even cheap wine flutes complain.
At first, annoying, an assault on ears,
but later like the reel whine
when a line is cast and catches sun,
its bright wick whipped against a sky so blue
it hurts, reminding me of fishing with my father,
slap of lemon water on the boat´s hull,
bluegills flopping in the bucket, arc of
laughter from the near shore,
my mother´s death below the surface, that
perfect pitch of childhood vibrating in the gut.
Reviews for Eden in the Rearview Mirror:
"Susan Elbe´s luminous lines delicately tip back and forth between outer and inner worlds. As 'the sheer silk of the river wrinkling / salmon-pink in last-ditch sunlight,' her poems sift the phenomenal world for the refraction of memories in time. These are memorable, moving poems."
-- Arthur Sze
"Susan Elbe’s new volume of beautifully crafted poetry reflects an enviable sense of self-awareness, as well as the weight of conviction. These poems touch with searing honesty on matters of love, loss, and disaffection, and yet even the darkest of them somehow seem lit from within—not with flash and glitter, but with a slant, silvery sheen that both illuminates and demystifies."
-- Marilyn Taylor
About the author:
Susan Elbe is also the author of a chapbook, Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press). Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Ascent, Blackbird, Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, The North American Review, MARGIE, Nimrod, and Smartish Pace. Among her awards are the 7th Annual Oneiros Press Broadside Competition, The Poetry Center of Chicago's 14th Annual Juried Reading, the CALYX inaugural Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers' 2006 Lorine Niedecker Award. She has received a Rowland Foundation residency to the Vermont Studio Center and two residencies to Edenfred in Madison, Wisconsin. Susan lives in Madison, Wisconsin and works as a webmaster for the Wisconsin State Housing Authority.
ISBN - 1933456779, 80 pages, $17.00
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