- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Persea; 1 edition (October 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780892554867
- ISBN-13: 978-0892554867
- ASIN: 089255486X
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Heather Derr Smith is the author of three previous collections of poems, mostly recently Tongue Screw. She lives and teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.
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There is lacing of existentialism that runs through this book like a vein of gold, rich with reflection.
I appreciate the degree to which dissonance plays a role in these poems, but I’m that way about most all of my taste in art.
From soft sensuality to giving head in the George Washington pew at the Episcopal Church, Heather Derr-Smith has crafted a book that is like peeking into Joseph Cornell’s box of life to find the glowing ember.