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“Childress requires our trust to enter this book, yanking us around blind corners, pulling up short and changing scenery until she finally unveils the gripping and guttural truth that leaves us in jaw-wide wonder.”—Kristin George Bagdanov, Ruminate

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“There are rough truths and beauty buried in Entering the House of Awe, and Susanna Childress fearlessly delves that dark terrain inside her sometimes difficult subjects, re-emerging with new vision both surprising and luminescent.” (Dorianne Laux)
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  • Series: Green Rose Prize
  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose; First edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936970007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936970001
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 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: #2,096,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who would dare to use the word "awe" in this decade of overuse and cliche? Susanna Childress would--and she chose rightly. The house she opens to us is an awe-full place, a place of dense wonder and violence and all-things-seen-new, even motherhood, forgiveness, the body, marriage,love. "All Hallow Even" begins, "The night most of America snapped on/black capes and gauzy era-imitation dresses, our hostess/bearing her torso-length cleavage in a jumpsuit the color/of a spinach tortilla, you tell me you love me." The poem begins to end with these words: " and this is how it might be, our worlds shattered with a clarity/we don't know what to do with, separating/somehow the festival of human desire, that exquisite/house, its exquisite owners, their Japanese herb gardens/and martini menu and Who's-Who I would have wilted into/but for you, man who brushes my hair/who shapes lanterns from paper, who presses against/the window of a life that, as Wendell Berry has it, 'won't compute' . . . "

There is such weight and substance here, you will feel heavy, pressed upon, as you move between rooms of this house, but awe is like that. It fills us with air first, we feel buoyant with new recognitions, then we return, thudding back to place a little denser ourselves for the strange beauty of what we've seen and heard. Susanna Childress is becoming one of my favorite contemporary poets.
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Always enticing, Susanna draws you in deeper and deeper into complex family relations, signifying a mother as water-damaged book or opalescent bottle. But I read and re-read "After your Father's Fallen from the Roof and Not Broken a Thing." I related to the way words fail when a once brilliant father has injured his brain and "you get tangled in something like prayer." Know this, in speaking so distinctly about herself, Susanna Childress will speak to you.
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Susanna Childress writes poetry I find myself returning to over and over. I'm still working my way into them, but they are a good read.
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