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Cake: Selected Poems

Fitzgerald, Doreen

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ISBN 10: 0974922102 / ISBN 13: 9780974922102
Published by Ester Republic Press, 2004
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Title: Cake: Selected Poems

Publisher: Ester Republic Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

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This collection contains 67 poems on life in Alaska and the Midwest, arranged in roughly chronological order over the span of the poet's life. Many of the poems are strongly sensory, generating indelible, fresh visual images as diverse as a bumblebee on a dying flower and the sweep of auroras across the sky, or aural images of a madman's song and a jazzman's sax. The precision and elegance of Fitzgerald's words can make readers pause to appreciate their own perceptions in light of hers. Or to examine their feelings: One of her strong themes is the linking of families across generations; from an eloquent, spare elegy for a dead granddaughter to an appreciation of the storytelling of a grandfather, she shows the ties that bind--and some of the knots and ravels that affect those relationships.

Fitzgerald writes disciplined poems, tight in rhythm and sound, often in formal modes. She understands in her bones the musical basis of poetry. Yet there is nothing stuffy in this collection, and even her most tender love lyric may end on a wry twist. For all their sophistication, these are accessible, delightful poems, enjoyable from first to last.

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Doreen Fitzgerald was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1940. She lived her youth and young adulthood in the midwest (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana). She attended Kalamazoo College, married, and had two children. She later completed her undergraduate work at Purdue University, where poetry came to the forefront of her interests. In the late 1970s she worked at a small Indiana newspaper and later as news editor for the weekly Antrim County News in Bellaire, Michigan. After graduate study in journalism, in 1980 she went to Fairbanks, Alaska, to see what it was like. She found out, found her current husband, and continued to earn her living as a writer and editor. During the early '90s she attended Michigan State University, where she earned a master's degree in English. Upon her return to Alaska, she and her husband took over operation of a saloon and movie house in Berry, near Fairbanks. Today Fitzgerald works as a science writer and editor, and continues to write and publish her poetry.

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