Able Muse Press Announces Carrie Shipers's Cause for Concern - 2014 Book Award Winner: in Pre-Release & More
Able Muse Press announces the pre-release of
Cause for Concern - Poems
by Carrie Shipers
WINNER, 2014 Able Muse Book Award
(as selected by Molly Peacock)
ISBN 978-1-927409-59-6 • Oct 26, 2015 release • 106 pp.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Carrie Shipers’s Cause for Concern traverses a landscape of assorted disasters—such as overwork and layoffs, the ill-fated explorer, circus mishaps, nuclear disaster and radiation—but at its heart is the personal disaster of spousal illness. While a spouse might avow faith in the sentiment of love in sickness and in health, the practice of such faith might come undone when faced with the reality of the ravages of illness on the stricken body of the beloved, alongside the caregiving mate who “could love/ [her] husband but distrust his body,/ expect betrayal at every turn.” Full of incisive meditations on frailties and fortitude often delivered with visceral honesty, Cause for Concern is spellbinding from start to finish and, deservedly, the winner of the 2014 Able Muse Book Award for Poetry.
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Carrie Shipers’s magnificent endeavor aims to control the uncontrollable. In her splendid collection Cause for Concern she gives us her spirited poems—subversively satisfying in our era of cool wordplay. Both her comfort with ambiguity and her sassy candor aid the poet as she writes of a wife who is hoodwinked into a necessary patience—one she both chafes from and rebels against after her husband falls seriously ill. In rhythms that alternate between hope and defeat, the poems track the illness, but also punctuate the couple’s changed world with quirky observations and a scrappy spirituality. (Not to mention a canine companion.) Her poet’s craft, palpable in every arresting line, makes the subtlest turns of vulnerability with enviable poise.
—Molly Peacock, 2014 Able Muse Book Award judge, author of The Paper Garden
Only a poet of unquestionable bravery and technical acuity could rehearse the quotidian details of a middle class, middle aged existence with such exquisite, irresistible and terrifying honesty.
—Kwame Dawes, author of Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems
If illness is a country inhospitable to guests, then Carrie Shipers’s second poetry collection, Cause for Concern, is our guidebook, preparing us for what we will find in the waiting room, by the bedside, in the bathroom, or on the skin when the gauze is lifted. These are naked, open poems. They say things that make us wince, as when we look at an incision still puckered and red. Shipers reminds us that our lives must first be prodded and cauterized, if the injured parts are ever to heal.
—Jehanne Dubrow, author of The Arranged Marriage
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carrie Shipers’s poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review, New England Review, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals. She is the author of Ordinary Mourning (ABZ Press, 2010) and the chapbooksGhost-Writing (Pudding House, 2007) and Rescue Conditions (Slipstream Press, 2008).
Cause for Concern is the winner of the 2014 Able Muse Book Award.
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** ** NEW & Just Pre-released (August 31, 2015) from ABLE MUSE PRESS -- ***I'm pleased to announce that Taking Shape, the full-length collection of carmina figurata from Jan D. Hodge is now pre-released and available for order from Able Muse Press and worldwide from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most popular distribution and retail channels (ISBN 978-1-927409-56-5 [paperback]; 978-1-927409-58-9 [hardcover]). Or, just go to Melissa's website, www.jandhodge.com, or the Able Muse Press website, www.ablemusepress.com. Besides the traditional print edition, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles NOOK, Google Play/Books, Apple iTunes/iBooks and Kobo also available soon.
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An eclectic mix of shapes and subjects populate Taking Shape—Jan D. Hodge’s full-length collection of carmina figurata (sometimes called shaped poems, pattern poetry, or figure poems). Hodge’s many masterpieces include depictions of a saxophone, a Madonna and Child, a combination piano/guillotine, and other silhouettes of amazing difficulty and detail. These poems are not only visually stunning, they are also sonically beautiful, and retain a transcendent freedom while conforming to both illustrative and metrical constraints. Taking Shape is a visual feast of inspired poetry.
Taking Shape - carmina figurata by Jan D. Hodge
“In Jan D. Hodge’s Taking Shape the subjects have burst from their cages and confront us immediately with what they are.”
“Here is a perfect matching of shapes and poetry.”
—Robert J. Conley
“Jan D. Hodge is the master par excellence of carmina figurata . . . Hodge knows of grace, his poems are full of grace, and Taking Shape, like grace itself, is a gift of utter beauty”
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