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Winner of the 2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Series.
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Martha Greenwald is from Middletown, New Jersey. Her poems have appeared in several journals including Best New Poets 2008, Slate, The Threepenny Review, Poetry, The Sycamore Review and Shenandoah. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she has received awards from the arts councils of North Carolina and Kentucky.Review:
Sonic delight in words and word combinations dominate Other Prohibited Items. The poet almost, not quite, but almost, bows out to let something else think for her. She says: Given choices but no time at all to think/—I’d always wondered, sweetie, what I’d do. Every poem in this book says what we might do with all the time in the world. —Dara Wier, Contest Judge
What a pleasure to read an account of contemporary American dailiness that is neither satiric nor blase, but affectionately sad, like Edward Hopper, like Randall Jarrell! Martha Greenwald's diction and meters are as impeccable as her wonderful eye for detail. ----Alan Williamson
When you read Martha Greenwald, you'll find a pitch-perfect sestina about listening to Dick Tracy on the car radio at night; a masterful portrait of a co-worker who tapdances in the copy room in time to "the collator's jumbled staccato"; and a poem spoken in the voice of a train conductor that is a credo of sorts, in which the poet s musical brilliance "the ring/of slow brake on smooth rails slurs to sail tack clanging/on masts" is matched by a deeply penetrating vision of loneliness, a vision of "companioned nothingness." Written with great heart and linguistic verve, whether the mode is satire, dramatic monologue, or personal lyric, these poems are passionately and precisely observed. This is a highly accomplished book, mature, beautifully achieved. ----Tom Sleigh
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Book Description Mississippi Review Press, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0984265201
Book Description Mississippi Review Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. first edition. 64 pages. 8.30x5.30x0.20 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0984265201