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Publisher Comments:

“Her poems make vivid what has become dusty, and return us to, as real art does, the brilliance of initial perception.”—Jane Hirshfield

“The mythmaking in these poems is fierce and wildly original—this is a thrilling new poetic voice.”—Nick Flynn

Monica Ferrell was born in 1975 in India. A former Discovery/The Nation prizewinner and Wallace Stegner Fellow, she currently teaches in the creative writing program at Purchase College. Her first novel, The Answer Is Always Yes, was published by Dial Press in May 2008. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Review:

"In her debut poetry collection, published on the heels of her debut novel, The Answer Is Always Yes, Ferrell fills richly textured lines with a cast of personas inhabiting a vague space between waking and dreaming; as these speakers undergo metamorphoses — from human to animal, girl to woman, powerful to powerless — they persistently ask, 'Who was she?' Ferrell's voice mixes mythic and contemporary, classical and hip, weaving a tapestry of mini-epics in an odyssey from the Garden of Eden to Alphabet City, with pit-stops in Babylon, Oslo and the isle of Capri. In one poem we meet 'a shepherd asleep on a mirror in a mountain'; another offers the plainly magical fact, 'Once I met the doctor who delivered me.' While her tone can at times feel heavy-handed, the diligence with which Ferrell pursues the project of blurring the line between myth and history in the service of illuminating life's everyday transformations demands, and benefits from, repeated readings. This is an impressive first effort by a fresh, original and promising new voice wholeheartedly committed to her craft." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Winner of the 2007 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, selected by Jane Hirshfield

About the Author

Born in 1975, Monica Ferrell is a former "Discovery"/The Nation prizewinner and Wallace Stegner Fellow. She is currently a professor at Purchase College. Her poems have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Tin House, and Boston Review. Her first novel, The Answer Is Always Yes, will be published by Dial Press in 2008.

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ISBN:
9781932511659
Author:
Ferrell, Monica
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Selected by:
Hirshfield, Jane
Selected:
Hirshfield, Jane
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
21st century
Subject:
American poetry - 21st century
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.3 in 6 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her debut poetry collection, published on the heels of her debut novel, The Answer Is Always Yes, Ferrell fills richly textured lines with a cast of personas inhabiting a vague space between waking and dreaming; as these speakers undergo metamorphoses — from human to animal, girl to woman, powerful to powerless — they persistently ask, 'Who was she?' Ferrell's voice mixes mythic and contemporary, classical and hip, weaving a tapestry of mini-epics in an odyssey from the Garden of Eden to Alphabet City, with pit-stops in Babylon, Oslo and the isle of Capri. In one poem we meet 'a shepherd asleep on a mirror in a mountain'; another offers the plainly magical fact, 'Once I met the doctor who delivered me.' While her tone can at times feel heavy-handed, the diligence with which Ferrell pursues the project of blurring the line between myth and history in the service of illuminating life's everyday transformations demands, and benefits from, repeated readings. This is an impressive first effort by a fresh, original and promising new voice wholeheartedly committed to her craft." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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