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Wick Chapbook

Catherine Wing, Editor
Manuscripts for the Wick Poetry Chapbook Series are selected through an open competition of Ohio poets and through a competition for students enrolled in Ohio colleges and universities.

Poppy Seeds

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Spanning oceans and continents, language and the imagination, the unfathomable distances between people and their desires, Allison Davis’s Poppy Seeds creates an “immaculate atlas.” Here language is “broken. . . against the margin of the sea,” and a word is a thing that can be “wash[ed] away.” Here the body is both a lesson and a place with an edge you can drive to. The book “longs[s] for as long as Ohio rivers.” Tangled between worlds and languages both old and new, our deepest emotions search for their roots, hoping to find a place to call home.

 


The Story You Tell Yourself

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“Heather Lanier’s The Story You Tell Yourself may be a first book, but Lanier’s firm intelligence and lyrical artistry make poems that are clearly the confident work of an extraordinarily accomplished, even thrilling, poet. Lanier isn’t kidding when she says, auda- ciously, ‘I found a shape and made a world,/then crawled inside. Where else was [...]

 


I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You

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“In the old story of love and loss, Lisa Ampleman’s I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You cuts to the core of the matter with concision and subtlety. Hearts are laid bare, dissected, even grown anew. Masterfully structured and alert to the most vital details, this collection has lots to tell us—and a voice at once authentic and lyrical with which to do it.”
—Don Bogen

 


The Lonely-Wilds

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“Traveling from her pastoral America to Neruda’s Chile and the Ireland of St. Kevin, Elizabeth Breese sings the lonely-wild lyric of ditch flowers and raw honey, tornados and radios, broken birds and sailors lost at sea. Her ars poetica: ‘little bee hand in pocket editions, the rough- / cut paper combs, dancing for the things it loves.’” —Harryette Mullen

 


Tethering World

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“Jody Rambo’s first book of poetry, Tethering World, is lyrical, tactile, and transcendent—in a word, enthralling. The very texture embodies a personal way of seeing and saying, as does the extraordinary range of circumstances. There is a beguiling strangeness to the writing, and philosophical smarts to boot. ‘I am weatherly,’ says the speaker in Tethering World, and she truly is, singularly so. This book is poetry top to bottom.” —Marvin Bell

 


Sabishi

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“These poems are like yen the color and the size of dollars.  They are American poems, they are English, but they almost seem like versions of the Japanese.  The music is lovely and the form is graceful.  They are a delight to read.”—Gerald Stern

 


Breathless

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Jeanne Bryner is a registered nurse. Her poems and stories have appeared in several magazines and journals, including Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Nursing, International Journal of Arts Medicine, The Sun, and in the anthology Intensive Care. She is also the author of Tenderly Lift Me: Nurses Honored, Celebrated, and Remembered (2004).

 


Manuscripts for the Wick Poetry Chapbook Series are selected through an open competition of Ohio Poets and through a competition for students enrolled in Ohio universities. For guidelines, write to David Hassler, Director, Wick Poetry Center Department of English, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent OH 44242-0001.


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