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Anxious Music (Paperback)
Easy to read-page-to-page, the poems of Anxious Music are both meditative and emotionally complex in their reach. Ossmann has the ability to describe surroundings and situations without becoming a reporter.
Maine poet Laureate Betsy Scholl writes: "In Anxious Music, language is alive--real as rain, fresh as fire, fluid and shifting as any river running over rapids and into pools. There is a fine, intelligent unease as April Ossmann turns her quick and graceful mind to the paradoxes and rich ambiguities of contemporary life. She is a poet with a clear eye for detail, a fine wit capable of negotiating between earnest desire and self-teasing..." The natural world here is richly depicted in its varying landscapes and currents. The world of human relationships is keenly observed as it approaches and avoids love's postmodern complexities. But mostly this is a book of poems that enact a great joy and trust in language, building a deliciously slippery vessel to carry us through the deep waters of our humanity. Anxious Music is a first book of stunning accomplishment.
About the Author
APRIL OSSMANN has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies including From the Fishouse, and won the 2000 Prairie Schooner Readers' Choice Award. She is a publishing, writing and editing consultant (www.aprilossmann.com), and teaches poetry at The Writer's Center in White River Junction, VT. She has also taught at Lebanon College and the University of Maine at Farmington and was executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 - 2008. She lives in Post Mills, VT.
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