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Winner of the New Issues Prize (1999)
Joy Manesiotis is a poet whose eye is generous as well as sensitive to the perfect detail – the "small glass beads," the "lit windows." Her vision relies on sound: the ear first catches "voices loosed across dusty paths" and the head then turns to them. It is this weaving of the senses, this consciousness, that makes Manesiotis' poems so easy to inhabit. The poet finds home in moments rather than places and lives in a kind of timelessness, as if everything she has ever touched still wraps itself around her.
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JOY MANESIOTIS was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Such journals as The Marlboro Review, The American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, and The Antioch Review have published her work. She has been awarded a Poetry Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Prairie Schooner's Reader's Choice Award, and a Graves Award in the Humanities. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Redlands.Review:
“Manesiotis is only one generation removed from that most basic American fact that almost everyone in this country came from elsewhere; that we who follow are all mutts, genetically or culturally or both. She's in that familiar nevertheless curious position – grandchild of immigrants and exiles, in this case from Greece – and she uses it without sentimentality to get at the sweet and the dark of such an equation: what is left behind never quite translates . . . As much as song guides these poems – and often Manesiotis' early training as a musician is obvious, especially in wonderfully fractured pieces where a more lyric sound is keyed, as in 'Fugue,' 'O Beautiful Boy,' or in 'Fledgling' – a certain 'not singing' is an equal force here, one that finds in stillness and its children (painting, photographs, scenes meticulously sketched from the past) a kind of eternal, seemingly wordless presence.” (Marianne Boruch)
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