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Today's poem is "Man as Walnut"
from Entering the House of Awe

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The career of

Susanna Childress holds a Masterís from The University of Texas at Austin and a PhD from Florida State University. Her first book, Jagged with Love, was awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin and the Devilís Kitchen Reading Award from the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale. She has received an AWP Intro Journals Award, the National Career Award in Poetry from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and a Lilly post-doctoral fellowship. She lives in Holland, Michigan.

Other poems by Susanna Childress in Verse Daily:
October 6, 2006:   "Aquarium" " Whose body is whose, I wondered..."
May 2, 2006:   "Prose, I say, Plasma" " The night we both do not sleep, I tell you, The body is an overturned pail..."

Books by Susanna Childress:

Other poems on the web by Susanna Childress:
"What You Meant Was"

About Entering the House of Awe:

"Two teachers during my junior year in college were the best Iíve ever had, a man whoíd pause for minutes till the right word came to him and a woman who ran pell-mell after the word she wanted, piling synonym on synonym till sheíd caught her prey. Susanna Childress is both these people at the same time, and out of that tension comes the best poetry Iíve read in years. Itís impossible to pick a favorite poem, but one that represents her voice at its warmest and most compelling is the one in which the poet is being courted by a man who canít dance yet dances for her. It works! Just as these poems do, every one of them."
—David Kirby

"Readers familiar with Susanna Childressís Jagged with Love will recognize her distinctive voice in these poems: her nerve, her honest, quirky, irreverent, immediate and embodied yearning that rushes, wordy, right up to the ragged margins! In this second collection, new formal approaches bring breath and space to the lines, even delicacy sometimes, but these fine poems move with no less urgency because they are compelled by her signature quest for truthfulness. This search refuses perfectionism and mere aestheticism, yet admits beauty enroute, as Childress claims, ďThere needs to be no right word There needs to be a wide hole a whole mouth where the right word isnít."
—Julia Spicher Kasdorf

"There are rough truths and beauty buried in Entering the House of Awe, and Susanna Childress fearlessly delves that dark terrain inside her sometimes difficult subjects, re-emerging with new vision both surprising and luminescent."
—Dorianne Laux



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