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The Ocean Liner's Wake Paperback – September 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1848610712 ISBN-10: 1848610718

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Shearsman Books (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848610718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848610712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,414,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ellen Wehle has taught poetry and creative writing, sold timeshares on the beach, and once edited at an ad agency--where she learned more about cruise-ship cabins than she ever wanted to know. Her work has appeared in the U.S., Australia, and Europe in journals such as New England Review, The New Republic, Poetry, Raritan, Versal, Field and Notre Dame Review. Ellen lives with her husband and two dogs in Chicago, where she does her best writing while hurtling underground on the L.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Cote on September 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ellen Wehle's book is a magnificent work from beginning to end. The poems take you in, and trancelike keep you moving throughout. The structure of each poem marries the subject and is absolutely precise in its form. Lines spiral , zigzag, flutter or step their way down the page, ending with a spark that ignites again in the next poem.

In the first poem which stands as a prelude to the book, "Given Happiness Like Water," lines roll lake waves, like the rising and falling of breath, the rocking of a boat. "Like the wake of an ocean liner" (a variation on the words which form the title of the book,) the two halves of the poem repeat while inverted, yet like any reflection, there is a subtle shift. Phrases cradle each other echoing: "Who wouldn't be the reed-basket, rain-hollowed stone?/ Always born aloft in other arms..."

In many of the poems pairings are repeated- in the way voices and lines weave together, in the relationships between self and other, body and spirit. Throughout one feels the jolt of life- the exaltation and the depths of despair, the courting of disaster and moments of ecstasy. In poems like "Soul" the heaviness of the body is overcome by the flicker of light that keeps us moving onward. "She moves ever/ one breath beyond us."

Wehle lets us know we are not alone, we all have our hauntings of the past, our follies, and yet she reiterates that for each of us there is the possibility to rise by maintaining our connectedness to this world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barb on June 4, 2011
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Although I am not a student of poetry and would never pretend to understand the complexity, I've found this book special. Miss Wehle's use of words is mesmerizing and real. I believe it's the tangible nature mixed with the unreachable that appeals to me most. I become exhilarated when I can say, "Yes, I get it. I can see, feel or taste it." Then I'll read another wonderful poem that soars above my head. My mind reaches to understand. Glimpses of understanding bring me back over and over to the verses. Her use of words is really quite remarkable.
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