The Woman Who Married Herself

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A Sinclair Poetry Prize Finalist 
 
"Break us," says Donna Spector, "and love pours out." In The Woman Who Married Herself, poetry pours out as well, in poems of heartbreak and nostalgia, irony and laughter, reverie and acuity. This is a poetry that probes at life, discovering in the dramatic encounters with the past and present a knowledge ...

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Overview

A Sinclair Poetry Prize Finalist 
 
"Break us," says Donna Spector, "and love pours out." In The Woman Who Married Herself, poetry pours out as well, in poems of heartbreak and nostalgia, irony and laughter, reverie and acuity. This is a poetry that probes at life, discovering in the dramatic encounters with the past and present a knowledge of the world and of oneself that deepens and enriches our lives, too, marrying sensitivity with intelligence. Paul Kane 
 
In The Woman Who Married Herself, Donna Spector gives us the gift of honesty and specificity to create powerful and rooted poems that bring us to tears. She makes us believe we know the people she writes about, know the complexities of life with all its confusion and shame, love and loss. These poems teach  us  how  to survive.  You will want  to  read  this  book again  and again. Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Winner of American Book Award, 2008 for All That Lies Between Us
 
 “Donna Spector’s book  is wonderful—surreal,  quirky,  comical, full  of life. Poems of childhood and family history, lovers and longing, travel, love as  a  search  for  life.  Poems  about  her  teachers—John  Berryman,  Thom Gunn,  Louis  Simpson.  The  Woman  Who  Married  Herself  “[o]pened  boxes  of china/so fine she could hold/a plate to the light and see her own/life beyond.” A perfect description  of  this  book.”   Sharon  Doubiago, 
Love  on  the  StreetsSelected and New Poems, My Father’s Love, Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl 

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What People Are Saying

Janet Hamill
This is Donna Spector's film of "The Woman Who Married Herself." Made by an auteur with a flair for art direction and cinematography, each poem is an illuminated scene in this "Life, the Movie." Filming her story — her LA childhood, her complex ethnicity, "The White Rose" of her mother as Blanche Dubois at Penn Station, lovers, travels, John Berryman dissecting his students' dreams, or the heroine sewing her own wedding gown out of "parachute silk" —Spector aims her camera at authentic particulars and does so with humor and sensual craft. --Janet Hamill
Maria Mazziotti Gillan
In the 'Woman Who Married Herself,' Donna Spector gives us the gift of honesty and specificity to create powerful and rooted poems that bring us to tears. She makes us believe we know the people she writes about, know the complexities of life with all its confusion and shame, love and loss.

These poems teach us how to survive. You'll want to read this book again and again. --Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Winner of American Book Award, 2008 for All That Lies Between U

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982010556
  • Publisher: Grigsby, Gordon K.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 93

Meet the Author

Donna Spector's play Golden Ladder (published in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2002) was produced Off Broadway, as was her first play, Another Paradise, in 1986. Her eighteen full-length plays and many short plays have won prizes and have appeared regionally and in Canada, Ireland, Sweden and Greece.
Her poetry collection, The Woman Who Married Herself, a finalist for the 2010 Sinclair Poetry Prize, was published by Evening Street Press. Her poems, plays and stories have been published in Parabola, The Greensboro Review, Poet & Critic, Sycamore Review, Notre Dame Review, The Bellingham Review, Blue Unicorn, Marlboro Review, Gaia, The Paterson Literary Review, Calliope, Rattle, Journal of New Jersey Poets, The Connecticut River Review, Sojourn and other literary magazines and anthologies. Her novel The Candle of God was published in 2012 by Outskirts Press.
Winner of the Masters Poetry Prize, she has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in poetry, and a program of her poems aired on Australian national radio. A member of Dramatists Guild and Poets & Writers, she received two National Endowment for the Humanities grants to study in Greece as well as grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New York Council for the Arts.
Spector has an M.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley, has taught writing at Rutgers Summer Arts Institute, and for the past year she has been associate editor of Evening Street Review. Her agent is Peter Sawyer, President of Fifi Oscard Agency, NYC.

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