Jeanne Bryner Smoke: Poems (Working Lives)

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Smoke: Poems (Working Lives)

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Welcome to real-deal, no-happy-meals-sold-here poetry. With her nurse’s hand and poet’s eye, Jeanne Bryner cuts into hidden human geographies―bodies "unhinged" like weathered barn doors, an open chest’s "ribbed canyon," and bone cells like "drunken thugs in a cave." She claims the body as working class without a union to negotiate. This collection is a stunning achievement, a howl against going gently into any good night, a life claim that hits, and hits, and hits back at death. Bryner's SMOKE, sweet and acrid, heals wounds we have yet to see. – Janet Zandy, author of Hands: Physical Labor, Class, and Cultural Work


Jeanne Bryner possesses a vigilant eye for wonder and a deep capacity for gratitude. Decades of clinical practice have honed the clarity of her vision.We stand with the student in the OR “breathing the same air as seasoned OB nurses” and we cheer when she recovers the missing needle. One need not be in the healthcare field, however, to recognize the heroes found within these pages: the firefighters who confront the smoke and flames, the resilient children who endure the unimaginable, the old men stalwart as trees. Bryner makes the commonplace shine, spins wonder from hard won gratitude.

-- Geraldine Gorman, RN, PhD, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Here is a book about our lives when we need healthcare written by a compassionate nurse for 30 years. It's about nursing and caring and surviving written by an accomplished writer.|Smoke: Poems by Jeanne Bryner

About the Author:

Jeanne Bryner was born in Appalachia and grew up in Newton Falls,

Ohio. She is a practicing registered nurse and a graduate of Trumbull

Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing and Kent State University’s

Honors College. Her books include Breathless, Blind Horse: Poems,

Eclipse: Stories, Tenderly Lift Me: Nurses Honored, Celebrated and

Remembered, The Wedding of Miss Meredith Mouse and No Matter How

Many Windows, the story of women in her family which won the 2011

Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies

Association. Her poetry has been adapted for the stage and performed

in Ohio, New York, Texas, Kentucky, West Virginia, California and

Edinburgh, Scotland. Her new play, Foxglove Canyon, was first

performed in Akron for Summa Healthcare’s Humanities’ conference

under the direction of Russell Zampino. With the support of Hiram

College’s Center for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities,

her nursing poetry has been adapted for the stage and performed by

Verb Ballets, Cleveland, Ohio. As a community affiliate of Youngstown

State University’s Center for Working Class Studies, she frequently

treats working-class issues. She teaches writing workshops in schools,

universities, community centers, cancer support groups and assisted living

facilities. She has received writing fellowships from Bucknell University,

the Ohio Arts Council (1997, 2007), and Vermont Studio Center.

She lives with her husband in Newton Falls, Ohio.

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Jeanne Bryner
Published by Bottom Dog Press (2012)
ISBN 10: 1933964596 ISBN 13: 9781933964591
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