Poetry. The poems in DISAPPEARING ACT, Saundra Maley's first collection of poetry, often have a meditative aura about them. Delicate in tone and spare in form, they evoke a sense of wonderment, whether her subjects are historical personages—from Moses and King Tutankhaman, to Thomas Jefferson and Walt Whitman—or family memories, or passing occurrences that we hardly stop to notice. For example, "A Small Green Leaf," the title of which serves as the opening line: "Uninvited — / Falls / Into the palm of my hand // I ask its name / I hear / Grief." Maley's work eschews elaborate tropes in exploring the poetic capacity of ordinary speech and silence to convey what the poems discover in her acts of contemplation.
Grace Cavalieri @ Washington Independent Review of Books
Saundra Rose Maley co-edited A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) with Anne Wright; they are both at work on Where the Treasure Lies (Wesleyan University Press), a book about Wright and translation. She is the author of Solitary Apprenticeship: James Wright and German Poetry (Mellen Press. With Francis A. Burkle-Young, she co-authored both The Art of the Footnote: The Intelligent Student's Guide to the Art and Science of Annotating Texts and The Research Guide for the Digital Age: A New Handbook to Research and writing for the Serious Students (both from University Press of America). DISAPPEARING ACT is Maley's first book of poems. Author City: SILVER SPRING, MD USA