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"Undone aptly describes the poems in this collection; they are poems of depth and density, stories told by a master storyteller, connecting the incidentals in life to the more profound. .  ."--New Pages

"In this collection of poems, one cannot merely "begin." No clear beginning exists.  Each poem is invested in the intersection of memory with the past, the present, and the future."  --Rattle

"Undone will remind some readers of Philip Levine in its consideration of blue-collar existence. . . but instead of lionizing day-in, day-out physical labor and the irreparable damage it does to the male psyche, she records the damage done to families, and specifically the girls." --The Georgia Review

". . . her subject matter is the vast concept of what makes us who we are and how we can only gain privy into who we are by starting everywhere at once. . . and unraveling everything we know and don't know until at last we stand in the truth of having been. . .undone." Front Porch Journal

By brave and honest recognition, coupled with a deft ability to glide between realms of perception tripped open by memory and emotion, Maxine Scates reconstructs a life undone by the brokenness of family, friends, and self. Nuanced, mysterious, intimate. Beautiful poems. --Dorianne Laux

A new book by Maxine Scates is always a notable event and Undone--a book notable for its skill, range, and depth of feeling--is no exception. While the language is rich and various the poems are also admirable in the way they confront everyday life with a clear and steady eye, weaving the past and present together seamlessly and giving us views of American society usually ignored in contemporary poetry. This is clearly one of the finest books of this or any other year and deserves a wide audience and our deep appreciation as readers. --Vern Rutsala

Maxine Scates's poems have a profoundly human and humane character, ranging with their tender exactitude from dogs and horses to a drunken father, assorted strangers, and odds-defyingly dazzling giants. Scates moves nimbly through memory, music, literature, feelings, and landscape to arrive with apparent ease at the unexpected but true heart of the matter. Undone is a fearless collection, or rather it's full of fear but stares it down fiercely to make beauty palpable, pain bearable, and to offer wisdom that's intimate and welcome. --Barbara Ras

About the Author

Maxine Scates is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Black Loam (Cherry Grove, 2005) and Toluca Street (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989). She is co-editor, with David Trinidad, of HOLDING OUR OWN: THE SELECTED POETRY OF ANN STANFORD (Copper Canyon Press, 2001). She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Maxine Scates is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Toluca Street and Black Loam. She is coeditor, with David Trinidad, of Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford. Her poems have been widely published in such journals as AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Ironwood, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Her work has received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, the Lyre Prize, a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Literary Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. She has taught at Lane Community College, Lewis and Clark College and most recently Reed College. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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