Elbe, Susan The Map of What Happened

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The Map of What Happened

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I want a book of poems to act like a genuine book and not just a miscellany of the poet's most recent work willy-nillied between covers. Susan Elbe's The Map of What Happened is just such a thoughtful, integrated collection, lovingly (and, I'm betting, painstakingly) assembled, occupying a space/time continuum all its own from beginning to end. This book is so much more than a sum of its estimable parts; there is such palpable life here because there are so many human lives in its pages. And this poet has a real stake in showing us the various ways in which they honestly matter. By the sheer power of her down-to-earth empathy and the resilience of her language, she makes her people our people, too.  --David Clewell, from the Judge's statement

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Susan Elbe's "Map" is an elegant work of starkly-hued reminiscence, a love letter to the city that raised her and an unflinching exploration of the littered personal landscape we all must travel. These deftly-crafted stanzas will conjure home for you--wherever that home is, whatever shape it has taken.

              --Patricia Smith, author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah and Blood Dazzler.

The city itself--Chicago--is a dominant image in Susan Elbe's The Map of What Happened and in some of the poems one can actually hear echoes of Sandburg and an earlier Chicago poetry, a tradition Elbe revitalizes.

             --Stuart Dybek

Rain from "a bruised-pear summer sky," a river's "cold silver zipper," and the "green, sexy smell of water" fill Susan Elbe's sensuous poems in The Map of What Happened.  Perhaps, because these poems are silky attempts to defy "rain, which erases everything" and to recover images of the past in order to recast them.  Even a woman hemming dresses for money, maybe an aunt or mother or neighbor, glints with the watery image of a "fan of silver pins glittering between her lips/ as she knelt on the cold linoleum."  "I'm the one," Elbe says, "whose laugh falls from the bridge,/ the last to run for cover/ when a hard rain pushes us toward home."  Whether the water is memory or tears or erotic danger, it fills these poems, vividly presenting moments of intimate, often exquisite, recovery.

             --Diane Wakoski

About the Author:

Susan Elbe is the author of Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Poetry), which won Honorable Mention for the Council for Wisconsin Writers Posner Poetry Book Award, and two chapbooks, Where Good Swimmers Drown, winner of the 2011 Concrete Wolf Press Chapbook Prize, and Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals, including Blackbird, Diode, Nimrod, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner, as well as in many anthologies, A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women's Poetry (Calyx Books), Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry (Two Sylvias Press), A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems (University of Akron Press), and City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poems (University of Iowa Press). Among her awards are the inaugural Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2006 Lorine Niedecker Award, Third Place in the Poetry Center of Chicago's 14th Annual Juried Reading, and fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Born and raised in The Windy City, she now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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