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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Salmon Poetry (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908836415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908836410
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Dryansky never fails to bespeak the "preeminence of the body" nor to remember "the brain is wider than the sky." Thus here, before you, in your hands are judicious poems that reconcile the spiritual freedom of your spine and the presiding restraint at the doorstep of your brainstem.  In this dance is a lyricism that feels gorgeously fresh: present always is a transported music and a deft eye that makes her poems, like that from the best of poets, feel sponsored by all of the natural world which she renders as exquisitely as she does her own life
--Major Jackson


These bouncy meditations about the world "of inwardness and awkwardness" remind us that there are some things poetry gives us that other forms of writing can't. And yes it's intimacy I'm speaking of here, and the primacy of the individual's experience as she witnesses everything from a collective wind "singing in the mouths of birds" to the clear plastic tape on each six-pack of Fruit of the Loom.  Read this book.  It will make you feel better about your species
--Adrian Blevins

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MB on June 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dryansky's book is readable (in the good way-- accessible, layered and masterfully crafted). Each poem is refreshingly different from the next-- in tone, in content, in diction, in shape. This collection can be read by dipping in and out or by cozying up with a hot cup of tea and fully entering the playful, political, personal territory explored by Dryansky. Careful of the play~ it often teeters on danger or darkness, often your heart 'gets it' before your mind, and you start answering her questions, my favorite one being: "What did you hide beneath your mattress you wanted nobody to see?"!
Strongly recommend!
Markie Babbott
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BrooklynReader on April 19, 2013
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The poems in this book create a narrative for the experiences many of us have .The poet manages to be both spot on and lyrical. She had me looking at my own life and my surrounding with a whole new language with which to describe and validate my experiences.
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By MJ on June 13, 2013
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Dryansky is masterful in managing the interface between inner and outerness, using language that sings as well as roars. Intrepid traveler, whether dealing with the stuff of married life and motherhood or, the beauty and imperfections of the larger world, this is a poet working at the height of her powers. Dryansky should be read, no, STUDIED, and not only by those who enjoy poetry but by those who aspire to write it well.
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More About the Author

Amy Dryansky's newest poetry collection, "Grass Whistle", was released in 2013 by Salmon Poetry and was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first book, "How I Got Lost So Close To Home", was published by Alice James and individual poems have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Orion, The New England Review and Harvard Review. Dryansky's received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She's also a former Associate at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center at Mt. Holyoke College, where she looked at the impact of motherhood on the work of women poets. Dryansky occasionally writes about what it's like to navigate the territory of mother/artist/poet at her blog, Pokey Mama.

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