Life of the Garment
Publication date: April 7, 2015
2015 • 112 pp. 6 1/2 x 8 1/2″
Poetry – American / Poetry – Women Authors
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“Deborah Gorlin lusts after thingness—even as she knows that its eerie emptiness will disenchant in the end. A wizard of description . . . she focuses her raw wonder on the real . . . until it’s revealed as if new. Poem after poem, the elations and elegies of Gorlin’s language melt in your mouth like hard candies.”—Alice B. Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate
Winner of the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Prize for Poetry
In her vital, elegiac poems, Deborah Gorlin inventories her dead in urgent acts of recognition and commemoration. Family members—both nuclear and extended—appear 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.
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