The Widow's House: Poems (Paperback)
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"These are lovely poems. I have come to think of 'widowness' as transpersonal almost-it will strike those who are reckless enough to become wives and can recall so intensely the feeling of being in the hospital-vigil with an ending not yet known."-Joyce Carol Oates, author of A Widow's Story "I love this book It's very moving and complex both. A fearless journey into the mystery of grief and love and loss. Her powers of observation are so accurate and careful . . . and tough."-Jonis Agee, author of The Bones of Paradise "So many poems today say so much but I experience so little-I understand all right, but I don't get pushed into second gear, don't get moved into the feeling that is meant to be offered up, no rough leap into the world off the page. This leap happens in a poem like 'On Green.'"-Alberto Rios, author of A Small Story about the Sky "She knows how to take risks, how to deliver sharp pathos. . . . This eloquent book is her obligation to her beloved. She remembers. 'Listen, ' she writes, 'I am never lonely when I can imagine you.' Perhaps this brave book saves her life."-Michael Dennis Browne, author of The Voices "This honest and unflinching collection does not leave the reader without hope: 'Right at the worst time of your life someone/helps you in some way, ' she writes. 'You must take the least shred of it in, ' and she does."-Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota Poet Laureate, author of Modern Love and Other Myths.
About the Author
SHARON CHMIELARZ is the author of Different Arrangements, But I Won't Go Out in a Boat, The Other Mozart, Visibility: Ten Miles, and other books. Her work has been featured on American Life in Poetry. She's the recipient of a Jane Kenyon Award from the Water Stone Review. Her work has been published in many magazines, including The Notre Dame Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Hudson Review, The North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Commonweal, Salmagundi, Margie, Epoch, The Seneca Review, Louisiana Literature, Ontario Review, and CutBank.