Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. "Some years ago, the poet Samantha Deal was in a car accident, which left her body altered. In SOMETHING OPENED, she returns to that scene continually, touching the scars in her own flesh and in the tree with such wonder that every surrounding detail seems lit with spiritual significance. There's considerable formal range here; the book moves gracefully from experimental modes to well-wrought traditional forms. Deal's main influence here seems to be her fellow Southerner, Charles Wright, not only in line but in lyrical conviction. Overall, this is an astonishing and fully realized debut for a poet who obsessively, yet delicately, sifts the material of trauma like a scientist of memory."—Michael White
"SOMETHING OPENED, Samantha Deal's exquisite debut collection, reconstructs versions of a central, traumatic, remembered event to arrive at compelling and original visions of self, family, body—of the nature of memory itself. 'We are made,' writes Deal, 'of searching—this overlap.' Deal's poems are formally inventive, moving back and forth between poetry and moments of prose, exploring the overlap with intelligence and without sentimentality, intensely, unforgettably."—Nancy Eimers
"By turns searching, elegiac, and haunting, Samantha Deal's poems offer mesmeric lines that plumb the heights and depths of world-knowledge, of grief and of joy. Deal marries alluvial sweeps of details to surprising insights, as the past and the future, hurt and love, pain and promise 'ring in the bone like a bow's long drag across cello strings.' I was surprised and moved by so many of these poems—transformative, transfigurative, I was also, as Deal writes, 'a cloud of dust, a blade of grass, I was careless, I was / ceiling tiles...' SOMETHING OPENED is a marvelous debut collection from a poet with extraordinary promise."—Mark Wagenaar
Samantha Deal was born and raised in Western North Carolina. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a PhD from Western Michigan University. She was the recipient of residencies from the Ludington Writers' group and was awarded the 2016 nonfiction prize from Writers@Work. Her poetry and non- fiction have appeared in Best New Poets 2017, Quarterly West, Hunger Mountain, Word Riot, The Journal, The Boiler, Sonora Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Rattle, Ninth Letter Online, Mississippi Review, and other journals. Currently, she lives in Boone, North Carolina, with her dog, Mimsy.
Author City: BOONE, NC USA