Poetry. Winner of the 2006 Richard Snyder Publication Prize. "'Oh, deliver me from the familiar,/from the old maps and their destinations/that are pre-destinations, nothing more.' In this first collection, Blake has found her own way to answer her prayer: she confronts the ordinary in her life and changes its course, its importance, through keen consideration and well-chosen words. Blake's skills rest not only in her blend of colloquial and exacting diction with a sharp ear and enticing music but also in her delightful way of seeing the everyday: 'Love will pitch a tent anywhere—.../Marriage vows to build a home.' The new bride in her new Eden, shopping the aisles and naming the incidentals for house and family, is a lot like Eve, who 'knew the word fruit/but not its implications.' The answer to Blake's prayer is not as simple as it might appear, though. Daughter, wife, mother: this is a web in which it is difficult to move about. Ultimately, this collection celebrates the charm and grace that belong to domestic life, the world in which love has built its house. A smart and thoughtful collection; highly recommended"—Louis McKee, Library Journal.
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Lorna Knowles Blake lives in New Orleans and Cape Cod. Her first poetry collection, PERMANENT ADDRESS, won the Richard Snyder Award and was published by Ashland University Press in 2008. GREEN HILL won the 2017 Able Muse Book Award. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Barrow Street and on the advisory board of Poetry Sunday, a weekly program of WCAI, Cape Cod's public radio station. Her poems, translations, essays, and reviews appear regularly in literary journals, both in print and online.Author City: BREWSTER, MA USA