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Poet Molly Fisk writes weekly essays for community radio stations in California, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin. She’s the author of the poetry collections, The More Difficult Beauty, Listening to Winter, and Salt Water Poems, and the audio recordings of commentary, Blow-Drying a Chicken and Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace. Fisk has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She’s the owner of Poetry Boot Camp (poetrybootcamp.com) and can be reached at mollyfisk.com.
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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Story Street Press (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989495809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989495806
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is hilarious, heart-provoking, fun, wonderful. Can't recommend it highly enough. My sweetheart was reading it at the hot springs this past weekend and laughing out loud and interrupting me in my reading every few minutes to read me lines from it (despite the fact that I've read it!). It's also, quite honestly, a super great gift book to give to someone else.
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Molly has words that must be read! She can make you laugh outloud, think, ponder, wonder and be happy - a true writers gift, and all in a few thoughtful words. I just started the book, and am savoring the tenderness or not so tender moments Molly relates. Fabulous! Suzie Daggett
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from my facebook page:

"Just opened the package I picked up yesterday. Blow-Drying a Chicken is written by Molly Fisk, one of the many facebook friends I have yet to meet in flesh. Years ago, when I lived in Nevada City, I was bowled over with delight by her radio essays on KVMR. I have been reading this wonderful, newly published book of essays for only a few minutes and already have teared up and belly-laughed. Can be found at Amazon."

These essays are both wise and foolish: offering insightful, fresh perspective on many topics and well-spiced with self effacing hilarity.
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This is a must read book! You will be torn between wanting to sit down and read the entire book in one sitting, or reading each chapter slowly as you mull over the complexity and beauty of her words. I can tell already that this is a book I will be able to read over and over, and I will learn something new each time I do. I'm already buying copies for Christmas presents!
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This collection will give you the opportunity to laugh, cry, escape, remember...a fantastic journey. Composed candidly from the depths and the shallows. Consume all at once or a few pages at a time. Enjoy it you will.
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Delightfully deep and insightfully lighthearted, Blow-Drying a Chicken is one of those books that is doubly enjoyable to read both for the pure poetry of the words in your mouth and the ideas that percolate in your mind. I find myself constantly daydreaming as I read, and that is the highest compliment one can give a writer! I fall in, over and over and over again, with each new essay. Where will I end up next? What fun!
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A delightful book. This is vintage Molly Fisk, endearing, witty and wise, she takes the small moments of life and serves them forth in such an unassuming way that you'll wonder why you couldn't do this, too. Except you can't.
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These essays give me new things to think about, with comfort, pain, sweetness, and a lovely balance of wanderings. I've heard Ms. Fisk reading these on the radio, so I can hear them in her voice as I read, but even if I hadn't, I think her voice would come through: calm, thoughtful, and so connected. Lovely! I'm keeping my essay-loving friends and family in mind for this for Christmas gifts - the downside (it's only October now) is having to hold onto them till Christmas, and wait till I can delight in their enjoyment!
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