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Marjorie Maddox's newest book offers visions of disaster, tempered by a mother's hope. In taut language, these poems move into the center of familiar tragedies, often lifted from the news--9/11, school shootings, kidnappings, floods, and hurricanes--rendering each one personal. Local News from Someplace Else is a reminder that what separates us from destruction are sheer luck (or grace) and the insistence of life itself.
--Shara McCallum, author of
This Strange Land and The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems

Marjorie Maddox brings us Local News from Someplace Else, a 'brief alphabet of grief, ' 'where loss . . . flies fastest / in the smallest of words': hurricanes, fires, school shootings, mine cave-ins. But she is also a reporter of joy: births, barbecues, retirement parties, hotel rooms with 'the hundred-plus / channels of cable / deliciously at our command.' 'We are in love / with room service at midnight, ' Maddox writes, and you will be too.
--Barbara Crooker, author of
Gold

Marjorie Maddox's poems move with faith and grace through the violent landscapes of contemporary America, through the humdrum chores of parenting and work, through the thin spaces that divide the living from the dead. Hers is a poetry haunted by the presence of survivors, and, as she confesses, 'What we hold / is ourselves holding on.' In the gift of her deeply reflective poems, we glimpse 'the sad joy that lets her see / all that the world is.'
--Todd Davis, author of
In the Kingdom of the Ditch and The Least of These

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"Marjorie Maddox's newest book offers visions of disaster, tempered by a mother's hope. In taut language, these poems move into the center of familiar tragedies, often lifted from the news. Local News from Someplace Else is a reminder that what separates us from destruction are sheer luck (or grace) and the insistence of life itself."
--
Shara McCallum, author of This Strange Land and The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems

"Marjorie Maddox brings us
Local News from Someplace Else, a 'brief alphabet of grief,' 'where loss . . . flies fastest / in the smallest of words': hurricanes, fires, school shootings, mine cave-ins. But she is also a reporter of joy: births, barbecues, retirement parties, hotel rooms with 'the hundred-plus / channels of cable / deliciously at our command.' 'We are in love / with room service at midnight,' Maddox writes, and you will be too."
--
Barbara Crooker, author of Gold
 
"Marjorie Maddox's poems move with faith and grace through the violent landscapes of contemporary America, through the humdrum chores of parenting and work, through the thin spaces that divide the living from the dead. Hers is a poetry haunted by the presence of survivors, and, as she confesses, 'What we hold / is ourselves holding on.' In the gift of her deeply reflective poems, we glimpse 'the sad joy that lets her see / all that the world is.'"
--
Todd Davis, author of In the Kingdom of the Ditch and The Least of These
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wipf and Stock (June 18, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 104 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1625640943
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1625640949
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.24 x 9 inches
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Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published Begin with a Question (Paraclete 2022); Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For (Shant Arts), a collaboration with photographer Karen Elias; Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (reissued, Wipf & Stock 2018; finalist for the Philip McMath post-publication book award and finalist for the Brittingham Book Award); Wives' Tales (Seven Kitchens Press 2017); True, False, None of the Above (Poiema Poetry Series 2016 and Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace Else (Wipf & Stock 2013); Weeknights at the Cathedral (WordTech 2006); Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (2004 Yellowglen Prize); Perpendicular As I (1994 Sandstone Book Award); Perpendicular As I (ebook 2013); When The Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (2001 Redgreene Press Chapbook Winner); Body Parts (Anamnesis Press 1999); Ecclesia (Franciscan University Press 1997); How to Fit God into a Poem (1993 Painted Bride Chapbook Winner); and Nightrider to Edinburgh (1986 Amelia Chapbook Winner); the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite 2017); as well as over 650 poems, stories, and essays in such journals and anthologies as Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion.

She is co-editor, with Jerry Wemple, of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State Press 2005) and has four children's books, including two from WordSong: A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry and Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems (both re-issued by Wipf and Stock), the YA book Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises (Kelsay Books), finalist for the International Book Award in the Education category; and the 2021 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Poetry Book for Children I'm Feeling Blue, Too! (illustrated by Philip Huber, Wipf and Stock).

Marjorie studied with A. R. Ammons, Robert Morgan, Phyllis Janowitz, and Ken McClane at Cornell, where she received the Sage Graduate Fellowship for her M.F.A. in poetry; with Sena Jeter Naslund at the University of Louisville, where she received an M.A. in English; and with Beatrice Batson and Harold Fickett at Wheaton College, where she received a B.A. in Literature.

Her numerous honors include Cornell University's Chasen Award, the 2000 Paumanok Poetry Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Seattle Review's Bentley Prize for Poetry, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, Pushcart Prize nominations in both poetry and fiction, and Lock Haven University's 2012 Honors Professor of the Year. She is the great great-niece of baseball legend Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson. For updated information and reviews, please see her Web site at www.marjoriemaddox.com

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