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Visible Heavens

Poetry, Wick First Book


Winner of the 2009 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

“There are poems which carry us clean away, transporting us into worlds as specific as the pink purse the author of Visible Heavens helps a little boy buy for his teacher, Miss Stone. Melancholy and loss, the missing of a gone mother, passion and solitude—stirringly well mixed in one potent brew of a book. Readers will feel at home here, but they’ll also feel ignited with new presences, keenly visible and invisible perceptions—‘It is a gift, this light we carry in our lungs.…’ Cheers to Joanna Solfrian for a fine first book, the stunning deep breath of her voice.”  —Naomi Shihab Nye, judge


Joanna Solfrian’s work has appeared in Margie, The Southern Review, Rattapallax, Pleiades, Image, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. After graduating from the Stonecoast MFA program, she was awarded a Pushcart nomination and a MacDowell fellowship. She works with teenagers and lives with her husband and baby girl in northwestern Connecticut.