Doris Henderson What Gets Lost

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What Gets Lost

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Doris Henderson's first full-length poetry collection, What Gets Lost, is a work of stunning multiplicity, mingling jubilation and high jinx with a terrible sense of what gets lost, moving between glorying in the world's beauty and exposing its follies and pitfalls, between reveling in the real and free-falling in a magically surreal realm of dream and fantasy. What holds it all together is a sensibility as witty as it is wise, a voice in love with the possibilities of language and metaphor.

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Doris Henderson grew up in a very small town on rural Long Island. She attended the State University of New York at Albany and holds an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. A former teacher and theatre coach, she sees poetry as a performance art. Her work has been published in many journals and anthologies, as well as three chapbooks: Transformations, Leaving the Plaza, and Distances. Doris lives in Danbury, Connecticut, where she attends workshops with writer friends, does freelance editing, and serves as president of the Danbury chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society. She has four children, six grandchildren and a cat named Azure.

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Doris Henderson's What Gets Lost is a beautiful, reflective memoir in narrative free verse. The poems have a dreamlike, almost surreal quality, with an amazing cast of characters who both bedevil and inspire. We are treated to witticisms and warnings from dead relatives, as well as transformations in the animal and vegetable kingdoms-- the monkey inside my skull, the revolt of threatened weeds who want it all back. Colorful friends and playful creatures will capture your imagination and transport you to a different time and place, yet one that is strangely familiar. This witty, precise poetry is accessible but deeply affecting. Ms. Henderson's work has a place on every poetry lover's bookshelf. --Kathleen O'Connor

Doris Henderson's imagery is both striking and original. I savored phrases such as "the past...with its eerie blue light and green feathers," "wine glasses fidget behind glass doors," and "fall is...the broken doppler of a passing train." She writes with assurance of childhood, dreams, and love's vagaries. These are poems to visit again and again, for the sheer joy of the ride. --Christine Beck

Doris Henderson s imagery is both striking and original. I savored phrases such as the past...with its eerie blue light and green feathers, wine glasses fidget behind glass doors, and fall is...the broken doppler of a passing train. She writes with assurance of childhood, dreams, and love s vagaries. These are poems to visit again and again, for the sheer joy of the ride. --Christine Beck

Doris Henderson s imagery is both striking and original. I savored phrases such as the past...with its eerie blue light and green feathers, wine glasses fidget behind glass doors, and fall is...the broken doppler of a passing train. She writes with assurance of childhood, dreams, and love s vagaries. These are poems to visit again and again, for the sheer joy of the ride. --Christine Beck

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