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Suzanne Roberts' books include Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (winner fo the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award), as well as the poetry collections Shameless, Nothing to You, Three Hours to Burn a Body: Poems on Travel, and Plotting Temporality. National Geographic's Traveler magazine named Roberts "The Next Great Travel Writer." She holds a doctorate in literature and the environment from the University of Nevada-Reno and currently teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College and for the low residency MFA program in creative writing at Sierra Nevada College.
"In an age where cultures, people, and place are so easily objectified, reduced to abstractions, commodities, or statistics, Three Hours to Burn a Body is a collection that returns us, thankfully, to earth. Across India, China, and Mongolia, to California, England, and all over Latin America, Suzanne Roberts shares the view at ground level, the brutality and grace and sometimes transcendence in the lives of everyday people. She reminds us that travel can be an act of remembrance. This is an important and moving work." - David Miller
"Suzanne Roberts' book of travel poems flits with the sadness of blue butterflies through the Amazon rainforest (a green dream turning to the scarred crackle of grass and stumps). It washes to shore in Nicaragua with garbage and American tourists who hunt the cobblestoned streets for child prostitutes giggling in their mothers' make-up. Roberts travels the world on the margin of desire, with the freedom of loneliness, and these poems are the flame that `twists from the ghost of an eye,' the flame of bodies burning and raining in our hair like ash, they are dawn prayers from a mosque, and the sun like a tangerine behind the gauzy net of the world. Journey with this book, and you will hear in that strange passage the pathos of all passages through, and the glancing knowledge of what it means to be in time, trying to understand what goes by `like a stranger's secret [you] overhear in passing.'" - Tony Barnstone
"Each poem takes us beyond the song of the body and shadow, and asks us to rise above the mist, the rain, and the hours. And without realizing, we find a new way of travelling. Provoking and thrilling!" - Nathalie Handal
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When I retired some years ago I decided to read a poem a week and try to enhance my reading experience. You have a lot of time to read and now to do some of what you didn't have time to do before. I now have progressed to buying a book of poetry and I am glad I started with this one as Suzanne writes poems that the budding reader can appreciate. There is a lyrical quality as I read. At first it seems simple but as you read there appears more meaning and emotion.
I particularly liked the title poem and all written in India. I will come back to these time and again. And I also will study The Girl's Life and the other English poems.
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