Tenuous Chapel (Abz Series in Poetry)

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A book of poems chosen by Charles Simic for ABZ Press's First Book Award..  From the foreward,  "If the hope of any poem is to render experience in a fresh, unsettling way, she has that gift.  She likes to disorient us, pull the rug from under our expectations, and do so quickly and decisively, so we catch our breath in astonishment and delight...How beautiful, I kept saying to myself again and again reading her poems.  Tuckey may call the chapel in the title of her poems "tenuous" but there's nothing flimsy and insubstantial about all the fine poems she has collected here."  Charles Simic

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From Publishers Weekly:  "It's a precise balance of the personal and political, the urgent and the observed... Her poems "Lesson in Cuban Cooking" and "Re: Acquittal of Generals" echo, though more briefly, the dry, hypnotic tone of Carolyn Forché's famous prose poem "The Colonel" ...Tuckey's poems refrain from the use of periods or commas... Instead, her pieces are punctuated by smart turns and unexpected imagery, making them particularly powerful in their brevity."
Reviewed on: 12/23/2013
Release date: 05/01/2013

"The poems in Melissa Tuckey's Tenuous Chapel are stark yet radiant, ecstatic yet somber, metaphysical yet grounded in the intimate, the communal, and the political.  She confronts the bewildering complexity of a violent world with candor and clarity, with wit and grace, with tenderness and wisdom. It is hard not to be held by the spell of these enigmatic and uncanny poems that delight and surprise at the turn of each line." Poet Eric Pankey

"The poems in this impressive first book are evocative, elusive, spare, with heady feats of juxtaposition: Melissa Tuckey has pared their engaging narrative and descriptive elements down to emotional essences that invite the reader's involvement. Highlighting both family matters and larger political and social issues, the poems often reference disappearance, and many are set in winter; but the builder of this Tenuous Chapel is ultimately able to 'make green an offering' and 'believe in progress at a time when / everything is going backward.' " Poet Martha Collins

"Melissa Tuckey's voice and vision are entirely her own. These precise and surprising poems reinvent a kind of Imagism with fresh eyes and a profound sense of real-world compassion, a poetry hard-earned and patiently well made."   Poet Sam Hamill

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