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In Two Faint Lines in the Violet, Kiernan explores poetry's unique ability to document yet revision the nuclear age, how when singing somewhere between the personal and political--if we listen closely--we might hear the social.
Fueled by her investigation into Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Plant--the first large-scale nuclear unit and also the first shut down due to embrittlement concerns--the etiology of her father's brain tumor, and her experiences coming of age in New York City, she laments and fêtes the abundance of lessons learned, ultimately tuning in to "the electricity of life" (Amy King), where personal and industrial meltdowns converse and converge.
Confessionalism tempered by omission, experimentation in diction, and the restraint of set form are brushed into landscapes spanning the iconic to the deceptively bucolic--lush, yet toxic, watersheds to concrete jungles.
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"Two Faint Lines in the Violet," Lissa Kiernan's first poetry collection, was a Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award finalist, as well as a finalist for the Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press. Kiernan holds an MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She founded and directs the Poetry Barn, a literary center based in NewYork's Catskill Park, sponsoring workshops, readings, craft talks, and book arts for allages.Review:
Kiernan's sonic variation is keen and her palette complex in this, her debut book of poetry, the title of which comes from Marie Curie's visual accounting of beauty and power hidden from the naked eye. --Judith Vollmer, Women's Review of Books, January/February 2016
Kiernan's book is ahead of its time, a tragic and lucid banner leading us into the 21st century when poets will increasingly be called on to remind us that we are human animals whose fate is held in the earth.
Her poems are sensational, which is to say sophisticated, darkly funny, inventively shaped, and full of tremendous tensions between the said and unsaid.
--Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Merges the personal and the political in zany and utterly moving ways.
Lissa Kiernan's debut collection radiates, burns, and fluoresces like uranium glass, like a "bed of plutonium nightlights." --Carlo Matos, Cleaver Magazine
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Book Description Negative Capability Pr, 2014. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. first edition edition. 112 pages. 9.25x6.50x0.25 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0942544978
Book Description Negative Capability Press, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0942544978