Poetry. "Created from postcards sent to longtime family friends over a span of 50 years, Amanda Laughtland's POSTCARDS TO BOX 464 offers manifestations of affection which so enchant that we are pulled into their intimate space. We feel as if we were 'the Coopers,' recipients of the original postcards--reading these poems makes one feel liked as much as obviously loved! Distilled into a small book with fittingly spare but evocative drawings by Jen Mays, the poems read like a travel diary as well, and as such a journal is a page-turner. The 'found text' even transcends original context through inadvertent humor. Laughtland's craftsmanship and emotional commitment makes this project luminous--in her 'labor of love,' her generous love achieves what poetry can: a seemingly effortless making of attraction"--Eileen R. Tabios.
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Amanda Laughtland lives in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington, in the house where her mother grew up and where her grandparents lived. She teaches English at Edmonds Community College, where she also serves as advisor to the literary/arts magazine, Between the Lines. An Edmunds CC alumna herself, she holds B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Washington. Her chapbook, I Meant to Say, was published by Overhere Press in 2007. Her poems and book reviews have appeared widely in print and online. She publishes small books and zines under an imprint called Teeny Tiny. Author City: EDMONDS, WA USA