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A Handful of Bees: Poetry

Orlowsky, Dzvinia

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ISBN 10: 0887481752 / ISBN 13: 9780887481758
Published by Carnegie Mellon Univ Pr, 1994
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Title: A Handful of Bees: Poetry

Publisher: Carnegie Mellon Univ Pr

Publication Date: 1994

Book Condition:As New

Edition: Unabridged.

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Originally published in 1994 by Carnegie Mellon University Press, A Handful of Bees has been republished as a Classic Contemporary by Carnegie Mellon. The collection embarks with poems reflecting on the passing of Mrs. Orlowsky's father (to whom the book is dedicated). Orlowsky raises the tragedy of losing a parent to a universal plane that's both earnest and cathartic, where even simple belongings of the deceased are imbued with power and testimony. There is a thread of sadness that plaits its way through this volume. Even through the poems on life with immigrant parents, there is a stark, visible yearning. The world of home and the world outside and the conflict of the two to coexist. A situation that many Americans of any given ethnicity can immediately grasp. Imagery in A Handful of Bees is never random, but lucid, in the moment like hot glass forged into a sharp gem. A Handful of Bees is immediately personal, international, and, filtered through the prism of the heart, these poems come forth universally. Dzvinia Orlowsky films a screenplay for the intuition. In just this one volume of sixty-one pages, she undefeatedly answers as many life questions as she has conjured. With stealth, imparting the reader a sense of "being there" in the human condition. —Mike Amado / Ibbetson Update /2008/ Somerville, Massachusetts

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A Pushcart Prize recipient, Dzvinia Orlowsky is founding editor of Four Way Books, a contributing editor to Agni, The Marlboro Review, and Shade and currently teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her translation of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna was published by House Between Water Collections in 2006. She lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jay and their son and daughter, Max and Raisa.

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