. . . Flinch of Song
by Jennifer Militello from which, were it permissible, I would quote every word of every line of every page. Absolutely drenched in metaphor, simile, allusion and linguistic invention, tightly written without a word let waste its clout, and, quite frankly, dense with spell-binding beauty, Militello's work is also a poetry of loss, though . . . not of the physical, but of lovers, of childhood, of family, of identity, of the mind, and of the weight and revelations of the freedom that results from those losses. Parts of the human body are absorbed into elements from nature, voices take on the sounds of rural and marine equivalences, snatches of urbanism reflect the flow of Life and all its struggles and heartbreaks.
Without a trace of doubt, Militello is a truly worthy winner of the Tupelo Press / Crazyhorse First Book Award. The judging panel have, in this instance, got it spot on. What they have recognised is her sheer talent and, with their award, have hopefully given her the self-belief to continue to develop from a starting point that is already streets ahead of so many of her contemporaries.
And, with such talent spread before me, I find it difficult to resist sharing more of it with you, in essence to allow it to speak, as it does so eloquently, for itself. As I said, were it permissible . . . every word, every line, every page. But, with this option clearly and sadly not open to me, and knowing the following extracts will not suffice beyond being the most inadequate of tasters, I can only suggest . . . no, demand that you go and get hold of a copy before they're all gone. Don't think you'll be getting mine it will not be appearing on Amazon Marketplace. --John Mingay, Stride UK
About the Author
Author of the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail
(Finishing Line Press, 2006) and widely published in journals, including DENVER QUARTERLY, The Kenyon Review
, The New Republic
, The North American Review
, The Paris Review
, Prairie Schooner
, and The Virginia Quarterly Review
, Jennifer Militello has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Writers at Work, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She lives in New Hampshire and teaches at River Valley Community College. Jennifer Militello was named a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award.