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Because What Else Could I Do: Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) Paperback – October 1, 2019

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"Collins captures the variations in the voice of grief: confusion, despair, irony, and talismanic attention to small details. These poems are stripped and spare; they read almost like erasure poems or like listening in on the poet talking to herself only half aloud. . . . This small book urgently and unflinchingly captures the shock and reverberation of unexpected grief." —Booklist
 

 “Collins renders the most humbling, gorgeous, and inscrutable features of human existence as if they might be made legible
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"A dazzling poet whose poetry is poised at the juncture between the lyric and ethics. Those who have followed Collins’ books have long since realized that no subject is off limits for her piercing intellect."
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“Martha Collins is a weaver of emotion, and she spends a great deal of time meticulously describing grief in a beautiful, heart wrenching way.
Because What Else Could I Do will leave readers captivated by love.” —Rain Taxi
 


 

“Visually delicate and emotionally substantial, the fifty-five poems in Martha Collins’ tenth collection, Because What Else Could I Do, interrogate the expectation inherent in connection, here, the poet’s with her husband, whose death set up a barrier to comprehension.”

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“These poems welcome the coming of wisdom that follows great sorrow.” —
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About the Author

Martha Collins is the author of Night Unto Night (Milkweed, 2018), Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems, three books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and two chapbooks
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 64 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0822965917
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0822965916
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
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Martha Collins is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Casualty Reports (Pittsburgh, 2022) and Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), which won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Other recent books are Night Unto Night (Milkweed, 2018), Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and the book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), which won an Anisfield-Wolf Award and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember” by the New York Public Library. Her other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes and a Lannan Foundation residency fellowship.

Collins has also published four co-translations of Vietnamese poetry, most recently Black Stars by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013), and co-edited Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (Graywolf, 2017, with Kevin Prufer); Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life & Work of an American Master (Unsung Masters, 2015, with Kevin Prufer & Martin Rock); and Wendy Battin: On the Life & Work of an American Master (Unsung Masters, with Charles Hartman, Pamela Alexander, and Matthew Krajniak, 2020).

Founder of the creative writing program at UMass-Boston, Collins was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College for ten years.

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