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The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception: Poems Paperback – February 21, 2011
Silano's poems describe earthy, domesticated realities--a spat with a spouse, wiping a baby's nose, garbage bags at the curb--against the largest imaginable backdrop of cosmic and geological infinities, scientific theories & technologies. Her poems are optical illusions in which the eye sees first a cat or woman's face, then a mountain range or constellation, & finally recognizes them as both. As Campbell McGrath, who selected Silano's book as the winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize comments, she is "comic and wise, quotidian and celestial." - David Graham, Verse Wisconsin 107.
I honestly see our new American Vallejo in Martha Silano, one to offer us both hope and outrage against this new bloody century."
--Sean Thomas Dougherty
"The use of sonic riffs and raucous humor enliven this work of the domestic and the divine -- Silano's frenzied diction is just as much rooted in play and pleasure as in exhaustion or pain. This sense of celebration, paired with a sense of wonder at one's surroundings provides a comforting antidote to alienation."
--American Poet, The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, Fall 2011/Volume 41
"All of Silano's poems are accomplished, and her best poems feel important. She gathers the vast and various array of images the world has to offer and presents it to us with the rhythm of litany, the wink of a joke, and the reverence of prayer."
--JD Schraffenberger, Rain Taxi
"The everyday joins together with the holy, the high, however it comes.... In Silano's hands, these poems present a universe where the fractal reigns, and it's difficult to tell where the center begins and ends."
--Éireann Lorsung, Cerise Press
About the Author
MARTHA SILANO is the author of two previous collections, Blue Positive and What the Truth Tastes Like. Her poems appear in journals including AGNI, American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, TriQuarterly, and over a dozen anthologies, including Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days and The Best American Poetry 2009.