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All of Us (Marie Alexander Poetry)by Elisabeth Frost
Synopses & Reviews
"In the white space out beyond Elisabeth Frost's cropped tales, subtle situations, plausible and bizarre fantasias, you may sense the ghosts of Kafka and Borges strolling. But these delicious, low-key, disturbing and always surprising prose poems, with their train of lyric elegance, are a world unto themselves. All of Us is a compulsively readable book. And while you read, listen to the silences all around it."—Alicia Ostriker
Elisabeth Frost is the author of The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry and co-editor of Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews.
"The persistence of bad dreams, the meaning of illness, the acquaintances and the distractions of apartment life ('the stairs in the walk-up ringing'), erotic attachment and filial attention energize the elegant poems, mostly in prose paragraphs, of this debut. Frost already has some reputation as a critic of difficult poetry, but those who expect provocative, frame-breaking poems will not get them. Mostly, Frost's work is more straightforward. Her people view the ordinary life course — birth, growth, health; parenthood, illness, death — with a tenacious combination of fear and devotion. A grandmother holds her first grandchild 'as if she had always known how,' and a 'tall man in his sixties' recovers almost completely from amnesia: 'He remembered everything except how he had gotten to where he was after boarding the train. It hardly mattered, now his life was back.' One couple tries to decide whether to have children, whether to devote their lives 'to the well-being of another, unformed and vaguely like oneself.' Another couple watches a medical show together and then decide 'They ought to watch less TV. It seems too much to hope for, health, now that they've seen it up close.' (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
What is the nature of what Ezra Pound called commerce” between us? Frost explores this question with passion and humor.
About the Author
Elisabeth Frost is the author of The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry and co-editor of Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews (both from Univ. of Iowa Press). Her book of poems, All of Us, is forthcoming from White Pine Press, and her chapbook, Rumor, is available from Mermaid Tenement Press. She is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at Fordham University.
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