- Series: Cleveland State University Poetry Center New Poetry
- Paperback: 77 pages
- Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1880834898
- ISBN-13: 978-1880834893
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,631,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the smoldering wreckage of a battle-scarred Iraq to "the last unmuzzled throatful of air," Elyse Fenton's debut collection clamors with such exigency that it drops us right into the danger zone. Her art is precise, persistent and volatile when deployed to the front lines. But also, sparing: a "human camera" embedded within a relationship tested by the distance from battlefield to home. This book certainly has its disquietude but how else to measure the brutality of the world? The recompense of it, though, is Fenton s passionate eloquence; her unfaltering fidelity to the word. --D. A. Powell
Elyse Fenton's Clamor connects the forward operating bases in Iraq with the homefront here in America. It is a necessary poetry which brings us "the work of shrapnel;" "the thing that, trying and trying / you can never spit out" (while continually recognizing that there is always more to give). In keeping with the best traditions of war poetry, the underlying subjects of Clamor are love and loss. Clamor is a book that refuses to turn away. It exists within the deeply personal, the deeply private, and yet as the poems finish within the reader it is a work which ultimately speaks to the universal. --Brian Turner
With lines that show an unyielding dedication to craft, these poems are not afraid of meaning or the meaningful. More and more every day, the thinking American asks how she is to believe in love when there is war all about her, and in each of her deeply felt lyrics, Elyse Fenton confronts this question with the kind of tenderness one lover reserves for another. If every poem is indeed a love poem, Clamor is indeed a debut worth reading and about which we must make noise. --Jericho Brown
About the Author
Elyse Fenton won the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize and the 2008 Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod International Literary Journal. She has published poetry and nonfiction in The New York Times, Best New Poets, and The Massachusetts Review. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon and has worked in the woods, on farms, and in the schools in New Hampshire, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest.