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Unusual Woods Paperback – September 2, 2010
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About the Author
Gene Tanta was born in Timisoara, Romania and lived there until 1984, when his family immigrated to the United States. Since then, he has lived in DeKalb, Iowa City, New York, Oaxaca City, Iasi, Milwaukee, and Chicago. He is a poet, visual artist, and translator of contemporary Romanian poetry. His two poetry books are Unusual Woods and Pastoral Emergency. Tanta earned his MFA in Poetry from the Iowa's Writers' Workshop in 2000 and his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009 with literary specialization in twentieth-century American poetry and the European avant-garde. His journal publications include: EPOCH, Ploughshares, Circumference Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Watchword, Columbia Poetry Review, and The Laurel Review. Currently, he teaches creative writing online for UC Berkeley Extension.
Top customer reviews
The 13-line form for each poem keeps his poetics clean, engrossing, and at times explosive. His narrator exudes raw emotion, instinct, passion, and a vulnerability at coming to terms with the past and this new life. UNUSUAL WOODS is as much about finding one's wedge in the world as it is about discovering life, identity, and connections/relations. Many, many times, I was blown away by the images and language-- how they hit me upon first readings, and how they lingered long after I set the collection aside.
UNUSUAL WOODS ranks as one of my favorite collections. It is one of the finest achievements I've had the opportunity to read this year.