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Today's poem is "So We Began to Kick the Tires"
from My Resignation

Shearsman Books

Maureen Thorson is the author of the full-length poetry collections MY RESIGNATION (Shearsman Books, 2014) and APPLIES TO ORANGES (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), as well as a number of chapbooks, including Mayport, for which she was awarded the Poetry Society of America's national chapbook fellowship for 2006. Her work has appeared in journals including Columbia Poetry Review, Conduit, Exquisite Corpse, Hotel Amerika, LIT, The Hat, The Rumpus, and 6x6. Maureen is the poetry editor of Open Letters Monthly, an online critical review, and founded NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

Books by Maureen Thorson:

Other poems on the web by Maureen Thorson:
"In The Pink"
"He Ate The Sandbox"
"Gray Lady"

Maureen Thorson's Website.

Maureen Thorson on Twitter.

About My Resignation:

"In My Resignation, Maureen Thorson's poems sing, wink, and aren't afraid to throw an elbow. When was the last time you read a smart, acute study of what happens when two adults combine households? We follow a speaker, recovering from past heartbreak, who is 'Vulnerable but game. / Curious to thrive.' Yet she cannot help but put what goes said and unsaid in constant, at times lacerating dialogue. You'll root for her journey. Hell, you'll root for 'a pair of sparrows / doing the hoochie on the stoop.' This is fresh, vibrant, necessary poetry, the stuff of real life ripened with wordplay and stunning imagery. I love this collection."
—Sandra Beasley

"With deft wit and linguistic dexterity, Maureen Thorson unfolds the intricate circadian rhythms of a contemporary adult relationship in My Resignation one unmarred by the dramas of former toxic zombie loves, but nevertheless filled with the real terrors of learning to trust. Through a series of lovely and quirky poems garnished with crisp snippets of dialogue, brisk flickers of glittery detail, and whimsied twists of vocabulary this unfolding becomes an uncoaxing, a gentle thriving a flourishing of figs, heirloom beans in pots, and gaga azaleas in which the speaker resigns herself to both constancy and uncertainty, to no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop, to hornswaggle and anomaly, to banana popsicles, and to 'getting cozy with the sky.'"
—Lee Ann Roripaugh



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