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Today's poem is "When I Was Straight"
from Little Ice Age

Invisible Cities Press

Maureen Seaton's books of poetry include Furious Cooking, winner of the Iowa Prize for poetry and the Lambda Book Award; The Sea among the Cupboards, winner of the Capricorn Award and The Society of Midland Authors Award; and Fear of Subways, winner of the Eighth Mountain Prize. She collaborated with poet Denise Duhamel on the collections Oyl and Exquisite Politics. Her work has appeared in the anthology The Best American Poetry 1997 and in such magazines as The Atlantic, The Boston Review, New American Writing, The Paris Review, and The New Republic. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council grant, and two Pushcart Prizes, and is currently Artist-in-Residence at Columbia College, Chicago, where she teaches poetry and literary collage.

About Little Ice Age:

"Maureen Seaton's register is enormous, her verbal daring and wayfaring breathtaking, while the solidity of her skill— whether in renewing received prosody or in formal invention—underpins a worldview that might otherwise be vertiginously frightening. Little Ice Age, her fourth book, is a marvel. She writes so much that has not yet been written, that has needed utterance in poetry or prose—about violence and eroticism, about women's desire, about the intersection of emotions, mathematics and history—and she writes it indelibly. Read it and weep; read it and wonder; read it and gasp; read it and open your own notebook—but read it."
—Marilyn Hacker

"In her striking new collection, Maureen Seaton displays inventiveness and a touching vulnerability. This is poetry with sweep, quick wit, and a harrowing accuracy of feeling."
—Paul Hoover, editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology

"All too often American poets handle English too carefully, as if our language were some kind of sickly child. In such poetry only the first gear of consciousness gets any real wear. Maureen Seaton's poetry, with its swift zigs and unpredictable associations, is a sumptuous reminder that language should be throttled beyond safe speeds, that the mind is not a tricycle but a vehicle designed precisely for mad risks and amazing recoveries."
—Tim Seibles, author of Hammerlock.



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