Martha Silano What the Truth Tastes Like

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What the Truth Tastes Like

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This collection of narrative poetry was the winner of the 1998 William and Kingman Page Poetry Book Award, sponsored by the Potato Eyes Foundation. Ms. Silano writes snappy and stimulating poems to which modern Americans can readily relate.

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Martha Silano was born in Metuchen, NJ. She received her BA from Grinnell College and her MA from the University of Washington. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she teaches English at Bellevue and Edmonds Community Colleges. Since 1994 Martha has been a resident of the Millay Colony for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Her work has appeared or is fothcoming in numerous literary journals, including The Paris Review, The Florida Review, Poetry Northwest, Potato Eyes, Hanging Loose, Crab Creek Review, and Verse. This is Marthas first book of poetry.

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Martha Silano reveals that she "invented the perpetually grieving Linzer torte and the self-effervescing catbox lid" and I believe her. Her poems are full of good stuff--sausages and Oklahoma villages and dreams of parrots. Even when love has gone sour and the lover has gone south, the energy and inventiveness never flag. We know she'll be right back, offering more truthful tastes. Take a big bite, this is a strong first serving. -- Robert Hershon Ed. Hanging Loose

Martha Silano writes with wit and intelligence, and she is equally at home naming the birds on a beach and the arcana of the yellow pages. It is her love of language that distinguishes these poems and makes them so full of startling awareness, and this not only at the level of the word, but also in the syntax, which reveals the mind's continual approach and avoidance of its emotional home. -- Alison Hawthorne Deming

The truth tastes like these succulent poems. Their refrains will form on your lips and ring in your heart. In these rich, elegant--and wickedly witty--pieces, Martha Silano has captured the rhythms that percolate, unheard by the rest of us, just beneath the surface of everyday life. -- Laura Kalpakian

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