Paula Yup is a poet of vision and reflection whose verse is accessible and quietly profound. The poems in Making a Clean Space in the Sky cast a collective spell and illuminate life, love, and loss. -- Wally Lamb, author of The Hour I First Believed
These are quotidian poems out of an exotic locale to most of us, Majuro, The Republic of the Marshall Islands. Though as easy as prose, as Robert Lowell said of his last collection of poems, like his they arrest, linger in memory as Paula Yup writes a waterfall of words/which I must drink. -- Parker Towle, author of Weather Is No Womb
In Making a Clean Space in the Sky, Paula Yup immerses her readers powerfully in a personal past scarred by abuse and self doubt. But through these revelations of pain also come a forgiveness and a tenderness, an embracing of the self and the other. Sometimes using an innovative syntax, sometimes just telling it like it is, but with a subtlety, craft and control that captivates you, she reveals many levels of awareness at once. -- Rustin Larson, author of Crazy Star and The Wine-Dark House
Paula Yup s poetry is full of vivid scenes and strong emotion, tempered with a unique sense of humor that softens the hurt of being human. Even though she now feels the exile of Pacific island life, her past years in diverse cultures---Phoenix, Tokyo, Woods Hole, Spokane make her sharp eyes focus clearly. -- Elinor Benedict, author of All That Divides Us and Late News from the Wilderness
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Paula Anne Yup first published in a magazine entitled CQ after encouragement from editor Dr. Kenneth Atchity who taught at Occidental College where Paula spent her undergraduate years. After over eight hundred submissions she has had poems published in Evening Street Review, The Third Woman: Minority Women Writers of the United States, Passages North Anthology, What Book!?, Outrider Press anthologies and other places. She has an MFA in poetry from Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont. She has had extended visits to Tokyo and the Baja, and now lives in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
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Book Description Evening Street Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 69 pages. 8.80x5.90x0.30 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 193734701X