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The two-faced (at minimum) essence of language is Dora Malech's inherited problem, and her opportunity: nothing is just what it says, and everything says much more than it knows. I hope you like dirt because that s what you re getting, she warns, or promises. Malech is ferociously alert to the unconscious absurdity and desire in idiomatic speech, its mortifying blend of self-effacement and self-betrayal. The closer one stares at the dizzying, ultra-fluent surfaces of these poems, the more their grave ambiguities emerge. --Mark Levine

Say So flaunts the powers inherent in the duplicities of language, words as reactants in shifting contexts and punning-under-pressure, yet it settles for no easy, cool ironies, no detached assumptions of transgression; in fact, it achieves what can only be called white-hot sincerity and committed truthfulness. This is writing of astonishing prosodical dexterity and lexical wiles. What strikes me as most courageous is that even as Dora Malech's poetry confronts social, political and personal despair and wreckage, it never sacrifices innovative fire, will not be made mute or abjure the glorious means of poetry. --Dean Young

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Dora Malech is the author of Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser, 2009). Her poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Best New Poets, DENVER QUARTERLY, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Yale Anthology of Younger American Poetry, and elsewhere. She was born in New Haven in 1981, grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and holds a BA in Fine Arts from Yale University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has taught writing at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand; the University of Iowa; Kirkwood Community College; and Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she is currently a Teaching Fellow. She lives in Iowa City.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Poetry
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center; First Edition edition (November 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880834928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880834923
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Snare on July 26, 2013
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dora maleck in the new yorker; it deserves five stars because this is amazon and it looked better; if you find this you will probably like it, since you searched for dora maleck, if you like dora maleck's poetry which is already on line, then you should buy her book now;
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