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The Boys I Borrow
     

The Boys I Borrow

by Heather Sellers
 

Poetry. "Many of these sensitive, clever poems are about navigating the new waters of a non traditional family. The result is a cohesive, engaging collection in which a real heroine persona explores the often challenging terrain of the omicile"--Billy Collins. "When you open THE BOYS I BORROW, you won't find poems about angels or mythological heroines--what you'll

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Poetry. "Many of these sensitive, clever poems are about navigating the new waters of a non traditional family. The result is a cohesive, engaging collection in which a real heroine persona explores the often challenging terrain of the omicile"--Billy Collins. "When you open THE BOYS I BORROW, you won't find poems about angels or mythological heroines--what you'll find is life the way we live it, but more clearly seen and deeply understood than the average human can easily bear. The dramas in this book are the dramas of the life lived in the 21st century--we have trips to the fertility doctor, motorcycle rides to the Shangri-la Motel beneath a 'well hung, low slung' moon, stepsons whose 'tongues are simple antennae' and who play Nintendo, need help with their homework--in short, all of our wonderfully banal and beautiful world rendered in painterly precision and tender humor. This is a book that sustains"--Beth Ann Fennelly.

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“Readers that enjoy accessible poetry—poetry for a larger audience than other poets, poetry about real things (real being debatable), work akin to that of Ted Kooser, Jim Daniels, Dorianne Laux and others—will find many delights here, just as readers who are determined to interpret “accessible” as meaning too-transparent-writing may find the poems aren’t to their tastes.

Quieter poems don’t seem to garner as much attention as award-winning work by new writers or that of “name” poets, but they should: The Boys I Borrow, if narrow in its scope, is refreshing in its willingness to pay homage to the relationships that define us.

It is unabashedly poetry about something, about the accumulation of memories and belongings, of letting go and embracing love.”—Karen Rigby, Galatea Resurrects

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930974715
Publisher:
New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Series:
New Issues Poetry and Prose Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
97
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.30(d)

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Billy Collins
“Many of these sensitive, clever poems are about navigating the new waters of a non traditional family. The result is a cohesive, engaging collection in which a real heroine persona explores the often challenging terrain of the domicile.”

Meet the Author

HEATHER SELLERS' award-winning memoir, You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, has been featured by O, the Oprah Magazine, where it was a book of the month pick, Good Morning America, Rachel Ray, NPR, The New York Times, Dick Gordon’s The Story, Good Housekeeping, More, Elle, and many others.

Heather Sellers was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Her PhD in English/Creative Writing is from Florida State University. A professor of English at the University of South Florida in the creative writing program, she’s teaches poetry, nonfiction, and writing for children. Awarded an NEA Fellowship for fiction, she published a short story collection, Georgia Under Water, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She’s published a children’s book, Spike and Cubby’s Ice Cream Island Adventure, three volumes of poetry, and three books on the craft of writing. Her popular textbook for writers in any genre, The Practice of Creative Writing, is out in its second edition from Bedford/St. Martins . She’s taught at the University of Texas—San Antonio and St. Lawrence University, and, for 18 years, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She’s currently at work on a novel for young readers, essays, and a new memoir.

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