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Winner of the 2008 Bernice Blackgrove Award. In Discount Fireworks, Wendy Taylor Carlisle has trained her laser eye on the facts of our lives from a fifties childhood to the exploding contemporary world. From Adam and Eve to the melting glaciers to life in the Andromeda Galaxy, no topic is off-limits. Written with a bow toward the formal elements, FYI there are sonnets here, Discount Fireworks' hallmark is plain speaking. Prepare to be entertained and amazed by its out-of-the world world.
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Wendy Taylor Carlisle is an Arkansan who has lived for the last 20 years in Texas. She is the author of Discount Fireworks, Jacaranda Press, 2008, Reading Berryman To The Dog, Jacaranda Press 2000. She is included in the anthologies: Athens Avenue, (Funky Dog Press: 1999), Affirming Flame: Writings By Progressive Texas Poet In The Aftermath Of September 11th, ed. Jennifer Margulies, (Evelyn Street Press, 2002), The Poets Grimm, (Storyline Press, 2003), Is This Forever, Or What?: Poems and Paintings from Texas, ed. Naomi Shihab Nye, Greenwillow Books, 2004, and Letters to the World, (Red Hen Press, 2007.) Her chapbook, After Happily Ever After, was published as #15 in the 2River Chapbook Series. Her poems have appeared online and in print.Review:
Wendy Carlyle is a reader's dream. Her music is funny, sexy, surprising, taking the sorrow out of the everyday world. Her poems illuminate the words in our language. They dish out a wide range of emotions which become nearer and dearer each page. Sensual and literate, Discount Fireworks will turn poetry into a brisk trade. --Grace Cavalieri
With startling elegance and grit, the poems in Discount Fireworks skewer our follies and triumphs and the everydays in between. In a voice uniquely American, Carlisle reworks the mundane icons of our lives, from Dairy Queens to barbeque to Keds, with disarming metaphor ("a ferment of skirts," "a life as real as paint") underscored by Gospel, rock and roll, and the blues. Passionate, controlled, and tinged with awe, these are poems you'll want to take home in the palm of your hand. --Jo McDougal
When so much poetry is like the "discount fireworks" of a Wendy Carlisle poem, it is nice to find a poet whose work actually goes off. Her poems come out wearing their red shoes and ready to dance. The lives she sketches flame underfoot so the soles of your feet are "burned like little suns," and when we read this book of grace and empathy "we are assured there will be sparks, then/ blasts and blowups, offerings of flame and dust/ and riots of colored stars dropped across/ summer and winter skies, a heavenly display/ to bring us joy beyond the ordinary." --Tony Barnstone
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Book Description Jacaranda Press, 2008. Perfect Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111884516157
Book Description Jacaranda Press, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1884516157