Poetry. Women's Studies. "In her best book yet, Donna de la Perrière gives us a poetry event for the ages...As the title promises, she runs the gamut from tender and lyrical poems of love and loss to the Dionysian madness of terror. The great setpiece here, 'First Love,' details the chilling life and after-life of a rape as does no other poem I know, but there's much strong work here, from the sonorous, hollowed out écriture of 'I Am Trying to Say Fire,' to the noisy consonants and slurry vowels of 'Mock Trial'—sound orchestration like Lorine Niedecker at her best."—Kevin Killian
Donna de la Perrière is the author of TRUE CRIME (Talisman House, 2009), SAINT ERASURE (Talisman House, 2010), and WORKS OF LOVE & TERROR (Talisman House, 2019), as well as two chapbooks—Night Calendar (Omerta Publications, 2017) and First Love (The Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, 2013). She teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at San Francisco State University and California College of the Arts and curates the Bay Area Poetry Marathon reading series in San Francisco.
Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA