Poetry. Many of these poems are set in the mid-twentieth century and feature such personae as writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams and photographer Roman Vishniac, as well as less-public figures in Brooklyn, Nebraska, and elsewhere, all of whom confront the wounds of love, family, history, and time. "In poem after poem," David Jauss writes, Aizenberg "reveals an astonishingly wide-ranging and deeply empathetic imagination, not to mention the eye of a painter and the ear of a musician." "Aizenberg's vision is clear, her language exact, and her music is perfectly pitched," writes Betsy Sholl, a past poet laureate of Maine. "These are keenly intelligent poems navigating the distance and circuitous route between grief and its redemption." Poet Kathy Fagan writes, "Aizenberg's Quiet City reminds us how the wounds of history keep on wounding both in our homes and the larger world."
Susan Aizenberg is the winner of the Virginia Commonwealth University's Levis Prize and the Nebraska Book Award for Poetry for her first book, Muse (Crab Orchard Poetry Series, Southern Illinois University Press) and is professor of creative writing and English at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She co-edited The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia University Press) with Erin Belieu and is the author of Peru, a chapbook that appears in Take Three: 2/AGNI New Poets Series (Graywolf Press). Author City: OMAHA, NE USA