Clamor, Elyse Fenton


Elyse Fenton

Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center
PubDate: 4/6/2010
ISBN: 9781880834893
Price: $15.95
Quantity Available: 39
Pages: 77
SKU #: L05G

Poetry. Winner the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. Winner of the 2009 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize Selected by D. A. Powell. Written in part while Fenton's husband was deployed as a medic in Baghdad, CLAMOR loosely follows the narrative arc of weeks breathlessly suspended between imminences: word or silence, return or tragedy, heartbreak or gratitude. Yet these are poems that refuse to be sentimental or didactic. Instead, they marry with lyric ferocity the personal and the political in an examination of language and love in 21st century wartime.

Author City: AUSTIN, TX USA

Elyse Fenton won the 2011 Bob Bush Memorial Award for First Book of Poetry from the TexasInstitute of Letters, the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize and the 2008 Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod International Literary Journal. She has published poetry and nonfiction in The New York Times, Best New Poets, and The Massachusetts Review. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon and has worked in the woods, on farms, and in the schools in New Hampshire, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest.  

Reviews and Other Links
Virginia Konchan @ Barn Owl Review
Ray McDaniel at The Constant Critic
Univ of Wales 2010 Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist
Michelle Tooker @ Elevate Difference
April Manteris @ Coldfront
Winner of the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize [pdf]
Winner of the 2011Bob Bush Memorial Award for First Book of Poetryfrom the Texas Institute of Letters
feature: Poetry Society of America New Poet for2011, selected by Rachel Zucker
Ruben Quesada @ Fringe Magazine

“From the smoldering wreckage of a battle-scarred Iraq to ‘the last unmuzzled throatful of air,’ Elyse Fenton’s debut collection clamors with such exigency that it drops us right into the danger zone. Her art is precise, persistent and volatile when deployed to the front lines. But also, sparing: ‘a human camera’ embedded within a relationship tested by the distance from battlefield to home. This book certainly has its disquietude—but how else to measure the brutality of the world? The recompense of it, though, is Fenton’s passionate eloquence; her unfaltering fidelity to the word.”
—D. A. Powell

“CLAMOR connects the forward operating bases in Iraq with the homefront here in America. It is a necessary poetry which brings us the ‘work of shrapnel;’ ‘the thing that, trying and trying—/ you can never spit out’ (while continually recognizing that there is always more to give). In keeping with the best traditions of war poetry, the underlying subjects of Clamor are love and loss. CLAMOR is a book that refuses to turn away. It exists within the deeply personal, the deeply private, and yet—as the poems finish within the reader—it is a work which ultimately speaks to the universal.”
—Brian Turner

“With lines that show an unyielding dedication to craft, these poems are not afraid of meaning or the meaningful. More and more every day, the thinking American asks how she is to believe in love when there is war all about her, and in each of her deeply felt lyrics, Elyse Fenton confronts this question with the kind of tenderness one lover reserves for another. If every poem is indeed a love poem, CLAMOR is indeed a debut worth reading and about which we must make noise.”
—Jericho Brown

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