Aperture

Aperture

by Anna Leahy

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Aperture by Anna Leahy

As the title suggests, Aperture opens gaps through which to see and hear the lives of imagined and actual women. This collection becomes a stage on which these women perform, and the poems play with notions of staging, with how we present ourselves and how we are perceived and represented by others. The stories and voices in Aperture “bend and come back again,” telling the truth slant.

"Anna Leahy’s generous poetic imagination encompasses women from Marie Curie to Esther Williams to Elizabeth Siddal, poet Felicia Hemans to the mothers of the characters in The Wizard of Oz, a lighthouse keeper and a plethora of saints. Leahy quotes Barthes: “in order to look at [history], we must be excluded from it.” It is through the rare courage of distance, both aesthetic and psychological, that the lovely, compelling poems of Aperture afford us their unique glimpse of an all-too-often-ignored female universe of inner and outer significance." — Annie Finch

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848615168
Publisher: Shearsman Books
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Anna Leahy's book Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize, and her most recent chapbook is Sharp Miracles (Blue Lyra, 2016). Her nonfiction books include Generation Space: A Love Story (Stillhouse, 2017) and Tumor (Bloomsbury, 2017). She is the editor and co-author of What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing (Multilingual Matters, 2016). She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series. With Douglas R. Dechow, Leahy co-writes Lofty Ambitions blog at http://loftyambitions.wordpress.com.

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