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O'Donnell, Angela Alaimo

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ISBN 10: 1934999725 / ISBN 13: 9781934999721
Published by Word Press, (Cincinnati, OH), 2006
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8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 95, (3) pages. First edition of this collection of poetry. Presentation to collector Michael Peich on title. Acknowledgments, table of contents. Biographical sketch of author follows text. Cover illustration by Margie Crisp. Bookseller Inventory # 125043

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Publisher: Word Press, (Cincinnati, OH)

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: stiff paper wrappers

Edition: 1st Edition

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Angela Alaimo O'Donnell's Moving House is a book of dark, defiant memory: "We lived and died by stories in that house." These spare, taut poems evoke their stories with powerful economy.
Grouping the poems in seven sections, she leads us from childhood devastation and desolation through poetic songs celebrating saints of the church and the saintliness of artists--along with the homelier saintliness of family, friends, and community--arriving finally at a less constricted realm in which possibility and autonomy play a salvific role. The book's journey is, indeed, one of "moving house" from a dark to a brighter place--though one might also read the title as an epithet for the world, which is, itself, a moving house.

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There is more than a touch of Elizabeth Bishop in these carefully constructed poems by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell. A quiet, but profound power is released in poem after poem as the poet exercises her talent for finding the unexpected blessings secreted within all the moments of our lives - even those that are most quotidian. From the tiny "pleasure of slicing celery" to the "tornado that ripped/ the roof off your life," O'Donnell's poetic world is continually replenished by a spiritual omnipresence that manifests itself as ordinary and domestic, but is nothing less transformative than grace.

Kate Daniels, author of FOUR TESTIMONIES

In Moving House, her aptly-named first book of poems, Angela Alaimo O'Donnell demonstrates both her versatility and her mettle, flint-fiery and tender by turns. Here is a collection of grace-filled, gritty, vulnerable lyrics, rife with surprises at every turn, inscribed in a language we quickly come to trust. Here is the record of someone who has been through the fire and the pit, and emerged--thanks to a fierce wit and a hard-won faith--whole and healing. Hers is a welcome addition to the great tradition of religious poets, writing in an idiom we will recognize, a voice as much at home with Dante as with Melville and Van Gogh.
Paul Mariani , author of Deaths and Transfigurations

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