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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Autumn House Press (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932870539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932870534
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 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: #2,247,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martha Rhodes, in her searing new collection with steady gaze and moments of humor, journeys through the dark caverns of heartbreak. Yet even so, true hope can arrive in a flash: It is golden here for this demi-second. Bright. / You won't be frightened away. --Dana Levin

I can assure you that Martha Rhodes unflinching manner of address in The Beds will make you flinch...what's so brilliant about this book is how steadfastly it refuses closure. These poems, grim and wise, never arrive in the guise of the Good Girl. And for that brand of honesty, I am most grateful. --Cate Marvin

I can assure you that Martha Rhodes unflinching manner of address in The Beds will make you flinch...what s so brilliant about this book is how steadfastly it refuses closure. These poems, grim and wise, never arrive in the guise of the Good Girl. And for that brand of honesty, I am most grateful. --Cate Marvin

About the Author

Martha Rhodes is the author of At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance (Green Rose Prize), and Mother Quiet. Her poems have been published in such journals as Agni, Columbia, Fence, New England Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, and TriQuarterly and anthologized in Agni 30 Years, Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, Poem in Your Pocket (a publication of the Academy of American Poets), and It's Not You, It's Me. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Martha Rhodes is the director of Four Way Books in New York City.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HolidayRambler on August 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
First let me say, aesthetically this is a beautiful book of poetry. Clearly a great deal of care went into the production of the work. I judged this book by its cover and I had high hopes for the work inside.

The content itself was in some way surprising. While the title should have suggested a sensual collection I was not prepared for poems such as "That Nurse:"

Who is she who washes you
where I would were she, hot sponge,
back in her pail chest, not lathering
over you while you, pink and drowsy,
forget the baths we've shared.

Rhodes' work is raw and searing; the reader is not cradled in false comforts. Her work explores the uneasy and does so with a blunt honesty that would seem brutal if not for Rhodes' command of language. The reader is required to slow down and let the gravity of Rhodes' world settle and envelope them.

Needless to say I'll be ordering and enjoying more of Rhodes' work soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HC on July 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Heartbreaking and honest, Rhodes describes every aspect of pain possible from sickness to injury to divorce to death through her questioning poems that seem as though she is not quite convinced of her analyses' validity, yet on she trudges. She finds her place in "Syllabus," where she professes it is best to "forget Up There/ so that" we will not overlook the good in the world that is indisputable. With that prophetically simple line, she hooked me.
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