Poetry. In her third full-length collection, A SUNNY PLACE WITH ADEQUATE WATER, Mary Biddinger untangles past from present, through poems preoccupied with gentrification, imaginary coin-operated machinery, and an uncanny doubling of good and wicked selves. As "Some Dead Magic" testifies, "Even streetlamps couldn't help themselves. // Where could they possibly lead us? There wasn't / any magic left in the world, only stray newspapers." The poems of this book hope that history will somehow provide insight for our current moment, while acknowledging the necessary transformation of desire over time. Part nostalgia recast as seductive angst, part pastoral (and anti-pastoral), these poems explore small town legends in a landscape of longing, displacement, looming disaster, and unexpected joy.
Mary Biddinger is the author of six full-length poetry collections, including PARTIAL GENIUS (Black Lawrence Press, 2019), THE CZAR (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), SMALL ENTERPRISE (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), A SUNNY PLACE WITH ADDEQUATE WATER (Black Lawrence Press 2014), O HOLY INSURGENCY (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), and SAINT MONICA (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). She teaches literature and creative writing at The University of Akron and NEOMFA program, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry for The University of Akron Press. Poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Court Green, Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Waxwing, among others. Biddinger has been the recipient of three Individual Excellence Awards in poetry from the Ohio Arts Council, and received a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship in 2015. She is currently at work on a new manuscript of small poems about ordinary things.Author City: AKRON, OH USA