Today's poem is "Surrender"
from Belle Laide

Sarabande Books

Joanne Dominique Dwyer went on to study at the College of Santa Fe where she received a BA in Creative Writing. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2009. Dwyer is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Bread Loaf Scholar award, and the Anne Halley Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Conduit, FIELD, Many Mountains Moving, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and other magazines. Currently, she resides in Northern New Mexico and works as facilitator for the Alzheimer's Poetry Project.

Books by Joanne Dominique Dwyer:

Other poems on the web by Joanne Dominique Dwyer:
"Ars Poetica, or-Keeper-of-the-Water"
"Beaded Baby Moccasins"
"Love Poem: Flat Out"
Two poems

About Belle Laide:

"Joanne Dwyer is a whirling, Dionysian poet whose plaintive cry is “let me live large, in all my imperfection.” Carnal and spiritual, dealing in the ordinary as well as the exotic, her poems pepper earthy narratives with startling philosophical asides. In these poems you will find dog food thieves and discalced saints, pitbulls, and Paleolithic burial techniques. Dwyer negotiates brazenly with huge tracts of the human condition. Her leaping imagination will make you laugh out loud. The poems in Belle Laide are a rodeo; hang on to your saddle, cowboy."
—Tony Hoagland

"Harems, mechanical bulls, Christina the Astonishing: Dwyer's first book, Belle Laide, is a tour de force of verse; you never know where the next turn will take you. A vivid amalgamation of dream, association, and researched material, the poems sacrifice no depth of feeling in their wild meditations on the phenomenal world; or what it means to be a person—and a woman—in our contemporary moment. A stunning debut."
—Dana Levin

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