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Private Landscape Paperback – October 13, 2007

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In PRIVATE LANDSCAPE, Julie Maloney succeeds brilliantly in bringing us face to face with rich and particular human experience, and thereby, our own. We emerge changed from the journey, standing by the waterside, humbled--and grateful...The entire book is a work of a poet who is not afraid--not of the body, not of dying, not of change; but who, at every moment, is unflinchingly aware of the realities of life. --Patricia Lee Lewis -- Poet, Director of Patchwork Farm International Writing Retreat Center

Julie Maloney's poems in her collection - PRIVATE LANDSCAPE - move with the exquisite grace of her abilities as a dancer and choreographer. Dream narratives sing in delicate imagery. Pain of cancer is here, honestly revealed and transcended; love is here, in its greatest giving. There is not a trace of easy sentimentality. This is a collection to remember, at once personal and universal. --Charlotte Mandel - Poet, Lecturer at Barnard University, NYC

Julie Maloney's PRIVATE LANDSCAPE gives us a microscope to see and feel moments that might otherwise escape our notice, moments both tender and defiant. For much of the poety collection, Maloney tells us that 'cancer has whipped my face like a wet wind.' But what the poet does with the wet wind of cancer is nothing short of remarkable. In her rigorously artistic life, cancer is transformed into an elixir that draws out soulful knowing and elemental experiences. --Jacqueline Sheehan - Best-selling Novelist

About the Author

Julie Maloney, the third of four daughters, was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She has worked in the arts as a performer and educator her entire life. She holds a B.A. in English from New Jersey City University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Julie performed professionally for several modern dance companies in New York City and was the artistic director, choreographer and principal dancer of the JULIE MALONEY DANCE COMPANY for thirteen years. The University of North Carolina has honored Julie with a Distinguished Alumna Award. Julie is a writer, photographer and teacher. She is the founder and creative designer for MANGO - a company that offers inspirational note cards, writing journals and books. In 2003, Julie founded WOMEN READING ALOUD, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting women writers through special events and workshops. She is a trained workshop leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method and leads writing workshops throughout the year.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arseya Publishing; 1st edition (October 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974518565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974518565
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,885,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Maloney, Private Landscape (Arseya Publishing, 2007)

Obsession is a quality that is almost necessary in poetry (viz. Louise Gluck's introduction to Richard Siken's Crush). There is a difference, though, between obsession and repetition. The obsessive comes at his subject from a myriad different angles, scrutinizing, picking apart, attacking and repelling, loving and hating, forming an organic, constantly-shifting relationship with it. Repetition is much more one-sided. And thus we come to Private Landscape, Julie Maloney's collection of poems. There is repetition here, but there is not obsession, and that weakens this volume.

"it comes like a wave
hard at first
then soft
cancer
whipping across my face
like wet wind"
("Untitled")

"Last night
I sat on the edge
of my bed
with fallen shoulders
drugs ran
through the lanes
in my brain
convincing me
I would never be the same"
("Chemo Nights")

You see what I mean. There are a few strong pieces here, though delivered as artlessly as the material above ("Shoes and Coat", especially, would probably be something very good after a couple of rounds of workshopping and revising), but this feels suspiciously like a volume that was printed more for friends and family than for general distribution. * ½
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Julie Maloney takes the reader on a remarkable journey of quiet courage. Maloney shows us how she celebrates each moment of her life, moving beyond fear through the healing power of love. Her love of family and love of life has carried her through and out the other side of her battle with cancer. She shares a passion and an appreciation for each precious moment that she has lived. One closes the last page grateful to have met this amazing woman whose stark images give us all pause for thought and whose final poem in Private Landscape made me feel I wanted to wrap my arms around every day I am given and live it to the fullest. I await her next book with great anticipation.
Sarah Marsh-Rebelo[ASIN:0974518565 Private Landscape]]
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Maloney takes us on a journey of intense and beautiful language. Her poems offer tight vignettes of an appreciated life during and following cancer treatments. While cancer figures prominently in the theme of the book, the poems Maloney offers are universally appealing and meaningful, such as in the poem June, July and August, excerpted below:

The sun's warmth melts my pain one drop at a time.
It blesses my memory and coaxes me to breathe.
I celebrate by riding on the back of hope, caressing its
smooth neck. With gratitude, I sing love notes
to the wind as it blow by me on its way to picnics.

Maloney offers much to the poetry-loving world. You will enjoy your sojourn in her private landscape.
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then Julie Maloney's Private Landscape is a powerful elixir for bruised bodies and souls. With utter confidence, Maloney takes us on her private journey through anger, fear, despair, acceptance and ultimately gratitude. At times, her words soothe the spirit like a gentle salve while other precise phrases land with the force of a resuscitating paddle, shocking the reader back into reality; reminding us to savor every moment of each day.

This is a book to be read and reread as new subtleties always emerge with every sitting. It is a book to be shared with anyone who is in a state of transition - physically, financially or spiritually. Most of all, it is a book to be treasured.
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Praise for Julie Maloney's Private Landscape- her first book of poetry. Maloney takes us to the depths of despair and back again without a trace of self-pity. I wept, not cried. I was skillfully cajoled through irony, humor, utter desolation- always with a way out!

I was an eager audience to a life lived to the fullest struggling to keep the journey alive. We see her dreams laid bare against a body of betrayal through the words of a dancer, lover, wife, mother.

Ultimately Julie Maloney does not ask the question why me, but now what and then answers it.

This is not solely a woman's book about Cancer, but one for guidance, reassurance and love.
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