SOMETHING ABOUT THE POEMS:
"These are strong poems, brave works that are not afraid to identify pain-these poems come from an 'examined life'-we have a Book of Hours here that connects and wildly chronicles the 'givens' of a woman."
-Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: IUP Prof. Emerita; author of The Approximate Message, In the Fall of the Sparrow, and others.
"The poems here are full of elegant and perceptive surprises; they are exacting in the way they seek out and find new uses for the language we know. Each poem sets forth-measures and probes-by disappearing into, by entering into what Rilke called Die Dinge. Together they provide an entirely new vista, one which spreads itself before us with breadth and intricacy, intimacy and clarity."
-Susan Kelly-DeWitt: author of The Fortunate Islands, Cassiopeia Above the Banyan Tree, and others.
"Here are poems so penetrating in heart and intelligence, so unflinching in their gaze upon the self and its obligations to the world, that we feel ourselves turned upside down as we read, jostled from complacency into a desire to heed Zawinski's passionate call to action."
-Lynne Knight: author of The Book of Common Betrayals, Again, and others.
"Andrena Zawinski's work combines those two elements necessary for true poetry-the unflinching eye and a meticulous attention to craft. Her poems invite us to look at the world in a new way and leave an indelible mark on the heart of the reader. She's the real thing."
-Laura Orem: reviewer, writer, artist, and teacher at Goucher College.
"Andrena Zawinski's poems are fierce and tender. She can tantalize and she can shock. She lets us know what it means to love in the 21st century."
-Judy Wells: author of Everything Irish, Call Home, and others; co-editor of The Berkeley Literary Women's Revolution.