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What the Postcard Didn't Say Paperback – April 10, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zelda Wilde Publishing (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974172839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974172835
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,212,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What the Postcard Didn't Say is an amazing and surprising collection, rich with playfulness and ripe with longing. Pay attention: Shoshauna Shy has arrived on the doorstep of contemporary American poetry with beautiful, bursting baggage--a trunk full of hard-earned wisdom, slippery with and a giant soaring heart. Unpack these poems and be dazzled; you'll beg her to stay. --Dean Bakopoulos, author of Please Don't Come Back from the Moon

these are postcards from the brink, not pastel cotton candy sunsets, but raw gritty snapshots of discomforting revelations and tumultuous transitions. Here are chipped souvenirs of alternate lives, miscommunications, inopportune discoveries. These poems are as hot as stollen cars; they burn the ink right off the page. --Barbara Crooker, winner of the WB Yeats Society of New York Poetry Prize</i/>

About the Author

<div>Shoshauna Shy is the author of Slide Into Light, Souped-Up on the Must-Drive Syndrome, and White Horses on Sale for a Song. Her poems have been anthologized by Random House, Grayson Books, and Midmarch Arts Press and have appeared in the Cimarron ReviewPoetry Northwest, Rosebud, and The Seattle Review. She is also a member of the Prairie Fire Poetry Quartet and the founder of the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf program. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. </div>

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Vardaman on June 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Madison writer and editor Shoshauna Shy has a mission to bring poetry to the public, demonstrating this commitment through both her writing and its related projects. A member of the poetry performance group Prairie Fire Quartet, Shy has also created the website Book That Poet! ([...] which links poets and audiences, as well as the imaginative Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf program, founded in 2004 to put poems in unexpected places. So far, those places include rented bicycles, Community Car glove compartments, neighborhood welcome kits, java jackets, and, coming soon, postcards. This location is especially appropriate given the title of Shy's first full-length collection, What the Postcard Didn't Say, a book of accessible, unsentimental, character-driven poetry, enjoyable as much for what's unstated as what is.

Whether told in 1st or 3rd person, almost all of these poems incorporate fictional narrators, or persona--sometimes more than one to a poem--with a story to tell, secrets to hide, their own point-of-view. Memorable characters include a maid whose employer tempts her to steal in "Sting"; a grown man who lives with his mother and writes anonymous love letters to her bridge friends in "Back Route to Baraboo"; the child of a couple who had to get married in "Keepsake"; the checker held-up by an ex-boyfriend in "The Sound of Spite's Name"; a mother desperately focused on her own clothing in "Bringing My Son to the Police Station to be Fingerprinted."

If some pieces are based on facts or on experiences of the poet, Shy's personal relation to that "reality" is refreshingly inconsequential to the poem.
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