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The poems in Eileen Albrizio's Perennials speak from and to the body, mind, heart, and soul. Read them once for the eyes, just to notice what you notice. Read a second time or better yet, have someone read to you for the ears to hear the music. Let a third reading for the heart and soul allow a deeper knowing of the poems characters, feelings, stories, and places. Finally, read them again and again, and marvel at how end rhyme conspires with its internal cousin, modulating their respective voices just enough to he heard but not enough to be located without the eyes help. Celebrate the precise lines and syllables, the masterful tour through free verse, sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, terza rima and triolet and enjoy the wonderfully concise, self-reflective, witty (and perfect) quatrain, The Perfect Poem. These poems encourage the reader's immersion in both meaning and means in what they convey and how. Whether sharing with us her insightful childhood memories of family, the renewing, restorative power of authentic love, the challenges posed by a world gone mad, or humorous reflections of a therapist s dandruff, Albrizio invites us into her love affairs with language and life. I enthusiastically recommend an immediate, positive RSVP to that invitation. --Reggie Marra: author of This Open Eye: Seeing What We Do, and Living Poems, Writing Lives: Spirit, Self and the Art of Poetry

Nature, George Eliot wrote, that great tragic dramatist, knits us together by bone and muscle, and divides us by the subtler web of our brains; blends yearning and repulsion; and by us by our heart-strings to the beings that jar us at every movement. In Eileen Albrizio's collection of poems, Perennials, we see the demonstrable truth of the sentiment. Albrizio delves into Brussles sprouts and fluffed pillows, peering past the veneer of domesticity into the cauldron of secrets that seethes underneath. Evolving morality and the diminishment or mortality are explored here with clarity of perception; and a poem like The Thinning of Filomena with its rigorous formal structure, unsentimental outlook, and grace of motion transcends its kin to create a lasting, memorable effect on the mind of the reader. --Ravi Shankar: Poet-in-Residence at CCSU. Editor of Drunken Boat. Author of Instrumentality, finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards

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Eileen Albrizio is an American writer of poetry and prose. She was born in Hartford, CT in 1963, where she still lives today. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary publications, including the COMMON GROUND REVIEW and the UNDERWOOD REVIEW. She is the author of three print volumes of poetry: MESSY ON THE INSIDE, RAIN DARK AS WATER IN WINTER, and PERENNIALS: NEW & SELECTD POEMS. ON THE EDGE, a recitation of her poetry on CD was produced with the help of a 2003 Poetry Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council. She has also penned several plays, two novels, and is currently working on a compilation of fictional short stories. She is a 2008 recipient of the New Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship. Albrizio has taught poetry and creative writing in several colleges and cultural institutions as well as the York Correctional Institute, Connecticut s only maximum-security prison for women. In 2005, Albrizio left a twelve-year career as a radio news host and broadcast journalist. Nine of those twelve years were spent working for National Public Radio and its Connecticut affiliate, WNPR in Hartford, CT. During her broadcasting career, her newscasts, spot news stories and featured stories were repeatedly awarded first-prize honors from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. Albrizio graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, and then went on to earn her BFA in Theatre from Central Connecticut State University where she is finishing her graduate thesis project toward a Masters of Arts in English. In addition to her writing and teaching, Albrizio assists her husband, Wayne Horgan, who is a Realtor in Connecticut. The two have owned and operated Heroes & Hitters, a comic book store in Rocky Hill, CT, since 1989.

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Eileen Albrizio is an American writer of poetry and prose and freelances as a writing coach. A former NPR and ABC journalist and news host, her creative writings and journalism have been honored numerous times by the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Writer's Digest. She is also a two-time winner of the GHAC Individual Artist Fellowship for creative writing. Albrizio has taught creative writing in several colleges and cultural institutions as well as the York Correctional Institute, Connecticut's maximum-security prison for women, under the creative writing program made famous by best-selling author Wally Lamb.

She holds a BFA in Theatre and an MA in English. She lavishes in the pop culture worlds of comic books and genre fiction. She and her husband own and operate Heroes & Hitters, a comic book store in Rocky Hill, CT, established in 1989.

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