- Paperback: 65 pages
- Publisher: Black Lawrence Press; 1 edition (January 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1625579616
- ISBN-13: 978-1625579614
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jenny Irish lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she is grateful to serve as the Assistant Director of the Creative Program at Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, Catapult, Colorado Review, Epoch, and The Georgia Review.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jenny somehow gauges out the pain and the profound feelings that we all encounter but lack the ability to express appropriately. Those world views come at us like arrows and pierce our psyches, demanding to be noticed. Her language is raw, sensitive, terse and poignant. Reading jenny’s poems changes us – though that does not seem to be the goal of the poet. She is more concerned that we recognize the at times sordid human condition for what it is rather that what we wish to or prefer to acknowledge or ignore.
The Twins Sort Grandma Sawyer’s Things
When our estrangement ends,
by way of her death,
a sure determination
of who mother loved the best:
go through her underwear drawer
to see how many envelopes
of whose baby hair she kept.
Missing Teas Two Steppers are in Pieces in a Body Pit
Our hair in curls unfurls like ferns with a ram’s horn curve. Hopeless, the
helpless heap of meekness mild: us girls, forever child, the lamb with the
lion laid and brightly bruised, taken apart, disassembled as a gory muse,
purple, flower throated, how we bloomed, pansy faced little spread of
petals, blood flowing like a painted pug – there are mothers who teach
their daughters submission in the purest kind of love. Our hearts’
memories, they often go giddy-up and go. Our flowers, they soured, having
grown tall and red, with the first frost tightened into fists, and with the
thaw, left dead.
The poems are in two parts – Part I: Wreckage and Part II: Yehaw Chainsaw. We eagerly await more from this artist. Grady Harp, May 17
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written 2 chapters of various different subject matter types of prose (book). They were all very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. Spark your imagination. A very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Black Lawrence Press; Author; Autographed; paperback book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)