Life of the Garment


Deborah Gorlin

Winner of the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Prize for Poetry
Date Published :
May 2015
Publisher :
Bauhan Publishing
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ISBN : 9780872331921
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 8.5 X 6.5 inches
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In her vital, elegiac poems, Deborah Gorlin inventories her dead in urgent acts of recognition and commemoration. Family membersboth nuclear and extendedappear in their native stories to reanimate local histories, intimate geographies, and lost times. In a different series of personae poems, Gorlin catalogues dolls and totems within their particular cultural habitats, which range from Africa to the Andes, and imagines their daemonic hopes, dreams and emotions. In a final act of inclusion, she takes stock of her own spiritual hesitations, yearnings, approximations, and explorations of such crazy topics as fingernails, Hebraic trees, and fat.

About The Author

Before winning the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, Deb Gorlin won the 1996 White Pine Press Poetry Prize for her first book of poems, Bodily Course. Gorlin received her B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Since 1991 she has taught writing at Hampshire College, where she serves as codirector of the Writing Program. She is also a poetry editor at The Massachusetts Review. Gorlin currently lives in Amherst, MA.

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