Midwestern Poet's Incomplete Guide to Symbolism

Midwestern Poet's Incomplete Guide to Symbolism

by Erica Anderson-Senter


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"The lines in this book are vespers, a prayer to the broken hearted. We are swept up in the beauty of form, the spaces in between, the images of a red-tail hawk and a cantering horse. The book masterfully hones the sounds of grief, gutteral and raw, flowing through a body, a mouth, a soul."

--Sarah Sandman, author of The Sinew of 47 Years

"Out of grief, out of longing, out of her ravishing gift for noticing, comes this numinous and memorable debut by Erica Anderson-Senter, whose sensibility has been born out of her gift for surviving. I adore the rough music of this book, its candid appraisals, and this poet's fearless descriptions of the sources of fear, sadness, love, life."

--Mark Wunderlich, author of God of Nothingness

"These poems root us deep in Midwestern landscapes as we encounter litanies, psalms, and a lush unsentimental tenderness that sings out "that swift, / startling joy" in the same breath as gutting loss. This is an extraordinary, courageous debut colletion."

--Emily Mohn-Slate, author of The Falls

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934894675
Publisher: Motesbooks
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 432,487
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.17(d)

About the Author

Erica Anderson-Senter lives and writes in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She teaches high school English and creative writing. Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, the once CrabFat Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Off the Coast, and Dialogist among others. Her chapbook, seven days now, was published by The Dandelion Review. Erica hosts free literary events throughout her city to bring poetry to the public. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing through the Writing Seminars at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont.

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