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"Marjorie Maddox's newest book offers visions of disaster, tempered by a mother's hope. In taut language, these poems move into the center of familiar tragedies, often lifted from the news. Local News from Someplace Else is a reminder that what separates us from destruction are sheer luck (or grace) and the insistence of life itself."
--Shara McCallum, author of This Strange Land and The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems

"Marjorie Maddox brings us Local News from Someplace Else, a 'brief alphabet of grief,' 'where loss . . . flies fastest / in the smallest of words': hurricanes, fires, school shootings, mine cave-ins. But she is also a reporter of joy: births, barbecues, retirement parties, hotel rooms with 'the hundred-plus / channels of cable / deliciously at our command.' 'We are in love / with room service at midnight,' Maddox writes, and you will be too."
--Barbara Crooker, author of Gold
 
"Marjorie Maddox's poems move with faith and grace through the violent landscapes of contemporary America, through the humdrum chores of parenting and work, through the thin spaces that divide the living from the dead. Hers is a poetry haunted by the presence of survivors, and, as she confesses, 'What we hold / is ourselves holding on.' In the gift of her deeply reflective poems, we glimpse 'the sad joy that lets her see / all that the world is.'"
--Todd Davis, author of In the Kingdom of the Ditch and The Least of These

About the Author

Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award); Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize); Weeknights at the Cathedral; five chapbooks; and two children's books. Co-editor with Jerry Wemple of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and recipient of numerous literary honors, she earned degrees from Wheaton College, University of Louisville, and Cornell University, which awarded her the Sage Graduate Fellowship for an MFA in poetry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1625640943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1625640949
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,597,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Emily on September 1, 2013
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Marjorie Maddox's latest book of poetry takes the tragic from many places -- school shootings, earthquakes, kidnappings, floods -- and makes it intensely personal. The language here is sharp and pointed, the titles delightful, such as "After Having Children, We Re-introduce Ourselves to Bicycles." Maddox's words make us see the world in a different way -- closer to us, more attached to our own joys and grievings. Throughout it all, there is a palpable sense of Maddox's own faith and belief in grace that provides notes of joy in these troubled times.
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The phrase “whistling past the graveyard” comes to mind so often now, whenever we log on to CNN.com, or turn on the nightly news before bed. We feel like numbing ourselves to deflect against our fears as we move through life. However, in Local News from Someplace Else, Marjorie Maddox offers another solution to our anxieties: a book of poems that gives graceful insight into the world of a woman, wife and mother in the sometimes dark days of contemporary American Life.

Speaking in voices that vacillate between the somber yet concise tones of news anchors reporting on painful tragedies, and the nervous fluttering at the maternal breast, Maddox makes it clear that the only way to survive the world is to truly live in it fully. In “Anniversary Coffee,” the speaker lovingly attests to the passage of time, to elevate an otherwise mundane event:

Those behind the counter
know us and know

when to save what we want,
can order for us, smile at how we smile

at each other’s drenched winsomeness. You are
not what I order but what I order now

across the café table, across the morning
spread with such a delectable savor.

The familiarity of a local setting, coupled with the familiarity of an intimate bond grounds the couplets of the poem, as the lines enjamb and cascade over one another, in what William Wordsworth calls in the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.

Equally important in the work is the coupling of tension, pain or sorrow with faith in something greater. Maddox, the director of Creative Writing and Professor at Lock Haven University, is able to show us what remains after trauma, even it is simply our ability to endure.
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The book really gets at a huge issue in society, one I think so many people try to avoid dealing with or facing. But writing about it, talking about it, pulls away the Bandaids that we've tried to put over wounds that are too big to be ignored, not just in our personal lives, but in the greater scheme of society. It forces us to remember our humanity and ask ourselves what responsibilities we have toward each other in this life; what does it mean to be human amongst other humans, especially when tragedy strikes?

It is easy to say, "Oh how sad," when we see stories like the ones featured in Marjorie's poems on the news, but we so easily brush these stories away without a second thought. Marjorie's poems remind us of the reality of the world we live in, and provide us with an opportunity to reflect on what these events say about humanity, not necessarily for the event's sake, but for how we as a people respond to these events, even long after they have passed.

Reflection gives us a chance for redemption. The one triumph that is born of tragedy is that it gives us the opportunity to remember our humanity: to offer our resources for the aid of those who have lost everything, to put an arm around those who mourn and to mourn with them, to bring life back to one another in the midst of destruction, and to not let despair take our humanity from us. Reading these poems reminds us of the stories that we all heard and perhaps ignored at the time, but the beauty is that they remind us that it's never too late to let the past heal us for our future. Marjorie's poems are filled with hope and a prompting to remember our humanity and find healing.
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local author---nice book
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