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Four-Legged Girl by
Publication Date: 2015-10-06
"In Diane Seuss's Four-Legged Girl, her audacious, hothouse language swerves into pain and rapture, as she recounts a life lived at the edges of containment. Ghostly, sexy, and plaintive, these poems skip to the tune of a jump rope, fill a wishing well with desire and other trinkets, and they remember past lush lives in New York City, in rural Michigan, and in love. In the final poem, she sings of the four-legged girl, the body made strange to itself and to others. This collection establishes Seuss's poetic voice, as rich and emotional as any in contemporary poetry." -Google Books
Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open by
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
"Diane Seuss's poems grow out of the fertile soil of southwest Michigan, bursting any and all stereotypes of the Midwest and turning loose characters worthy of Faulkner in their obsession, their suffering, their dramas of love and sex and death. The first section of this collection pays homage to the poet's roots in a place where the world hands you nothing and promises less, so you are left to invent yourself or disappear. From there these poems both recount and embody repeated acts of defiant self-creation in the face of despair, loss, and shame, and always in the shadow of annihilation.
With darkly raucous humor and wrenching pathos, Seuss burrows furiously into liminal places of no dimension-- state lines, lakes' edges, the space 'between the m and the e in the word amen.' From what she calls 'this place inbetween' come profane prayers in which 'the sound of hope and the sound of suffering' are revealed to be 'the same music played on the same instrument.'" - Google Books
"Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1956 and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, where she received a master’s degree in social work. Seuss is the author of three books of poetry: Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press, 2015); Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), recipient of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; and It Blows You Hollow (New Issues Press, 1998). She served as the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the English department at Colorado College in 2012 and is currently writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, where she has been on the faculty since 1988."
Source: "Poet Diane Seuss." Poets.org. 2016.
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Fourth & Sycamore's Review of 'Four-Legged Girl'
Fourth & Sycamore, a literary journal of the Greenville Public Library, reviews Diane Seuss's 'Four-Legged Girl."
Publisher's Weekly Review of 'Four-Legged Girl'
This review of Diane Seuss's 'Four-Legged Girl' from Publisher's Weekly can be accessed through the Butler Libraries website.
Newpages.com's Review of 'Four-Legged Girl'
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