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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: New Rivers Press (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089823252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898232523
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,692,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephanie N. Johnson has had numerous publications of individual poems in literary journals, including: Dog Blessings, Crab Creek Review, Water~Stone Review, Massachusetts Review, Low Explosions: Writings on the Body, SASE Wings Anthology, Common Ground Review, Poetry Daily, AGN Online, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and Ice Box.

Johnson as also won 21 awards, grants, and honorariums, including: New Rivers Press MVP, White Eagle Coffee Store Press Chapbook Competition, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist's Inititiative Grant, SASE Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Award, Loft Mentor Series Competition award--Poetry, Academy of American Poets James Write Poetry Prize (Honorable Mention), Gesell Award for Excellence in Poetry, Marcella DeBourg Fellowship Award for Nonfiction, Eleanor b. north poetry Prize, John S. Mikla Memorial Book Award.

Johnson was born in Minneapolis, MN; she has lived in Alaska, and now lives in New Mexico. During the time she wrote these poems, Johnson was also studying alternative and complementary medicine and working as a birth doula.

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Not small enough though, because Mama still doesn't have a man.
While reading Kinesthesia, we find poetry letting us into profoundly personal and intimate moments of life experiences and struggles.
Logan Herold
If for you, it is meter and rhyme, then this is not the book for you.
Michael Bernard Sonneman Jr.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zach Koppang on February 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Stephanie N Johnson's Kinesthesia is an intriguing collection of poems that requires thoughtful reflection as well as introspection. Throughout the collection, the author examines a variety of topics spoken from several different female points of view ranging from the elderly, the adult, and the adolescent. Through all these different and distinguished voices Stephanie Johnson is able to speak of the universal plights of a personal humanity. Her poems are written in a conversational yet questioning manner that gives the poems an air of personality which is easily related to. Although many of her poems in Kinesthesia are from the female's perspective, her poems continue to reflect universal values and trials that many face such as: instructing the young, questioning life as one grows older, and the reflection upon a life lived. Johnson does not exclude commentating on the relationships occurring during these stages of life. While discussing the differences between the male and female desires, as well as insecurities, Johnson is able to capture the fleeting emotions and frequent fragilities of day to day tasks and interactions. Johnson's poems do not seem to reflect only a certain place in time. However, through her clever use of language and personas, she is able to create scenes depicting many places in time and in life. Kinesthesia is an interesting look at the various stages of life through multiple perspectives. Although the point of view is largely from the female point of view, the perspective offers understanding of the images she displays as being universal to human experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on February 6, 2011
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While some may argue that books of poetry are no longer marketable, the quality of many poets being published by small presses around the country remains untainted by a smaller pool of readers. This is certainly the case for Stephanie N. Johnson and her book of poetry Kinesthesia. As the title suggests, Johnson's collection of poems deftly perceive the relationships between the body--tendons and muscles, especially the heart--and its connections to other bodies. Each poem seems to revolve around how women fit into the world. In some poems the voice of a young girl learning how to survive in society from her mother manifests itself, while older women and sisters and mothers voice their struggles and joys and heartbreaks in others.
Interspersed throughout four of the five sections of the collection are short prose poems that echo Jamaica Kincaid's "Girl." The young girl relays the wisdom her mother has given her and sometimes tells us how she deals with the wisdom. The definition of beauty often creeps up as a theme in Johnson's poems. In one, the voice of a young naïve girl says, "She says her face will last longer if she stays cool...She told me this today because I'll soon be a woman. Mama wanted me to know the truth about being beautiful" (16). In another one, the speaker discovers "where the sweetness is" and it is "these hips and thighs" (86). This simple line suggests an overall theme for this collection: the unique marvels and struggles of women, all shapes and kinds of women.
Besides the poems about young girls, the character of "Nona" is a focus of many poems. We learn that Nona is an older woman whose husband has died, and we get glimpses of Nona at many stages in her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate H on February 5, 2011
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In her debut collection, Kinesthesia, Stephanie Johnson effectively explores poetic form and narrative voice, but her symbolism is overly complex.

Johnson employs a wide variety of form in her poems. Most of the poems are traditional, in the sense that they have stanza breaks and each line begins flush with the left side of the page. However, there are several that depart from this pattern. For instance, in "Tilling the Moon," Johnson uses extra space between some of the stanzas, uses indentations so the lines are closer to the right side of the page, and has one or two word lines and stanzas. Additionally, her line breaks are placed in what would seem to be the middle of a thought. The combination of these formal elements working together change the rhythm of the poem and bring certain lines to the reader's attention in a way that might be lost if it were written in a more traditional form. For example, towards the end of "Tilling the Moon" Johnson writes:

crushed rose and feather
pillows here

-------for you

coppery arms
-------will heal-stitch quilts for you

---------------cloth to cover you
-------a thorn stitched bride

(dashs not in original text)

Visually, this structure highlights the line "for you," which is important because the "you" refers to the character Little Sister and all of this poem's action revolves around her. From there, the next three lines successively move to the right, causing the emphasis to be on the line "a thorn stitched bride" where the reader has to change the direction of the flow.

The collection functions as a cohesive whole because all of the poems seem to be told by the same narrator and most of them appear to be snippets from her life.
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