Poetry. "I want a book of poems to act like a genuine book and not just a miscellany of the poet's most recent work willy-nillied between covers. Susan Elbe's THE MAP OF WHAT HAPPENED is just such a thoughtful, integrated collection, lovingly (and, I'm betting, painstakingly) assembled, occupying a space/time continuum all its own from beginning to end. This book is so much more than a sum of its estimable parts; there is such palpable life here because there are so many human lives in its pages. And this poet has a real stake in showing us the various ways in which they honestly matter. By the sheer power of her down-to-earth empathy and the resilience of her language, she makes her people our people, too."–David Clewell Judge
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About the Author
Susan Elbe is the author of Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Poetry), which won Honorable Mention for the Council for Wisconsin Writers Posner Poetry Book Award, and two chapbooks, Where Good Swimmers Drown, winner of the 2011 Concrete Wolf Press Chapbook Prize, and Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals, including Blackbird, Diode, Nimrod, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner, as well as in many anthologies, A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five Years of Women's Poetry (Calyx Books), Fire On Her Tongue: An eBook Anthology of Contemporary Women's Poetry (Two Sylvias Press), A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems (University of Akron Press), and City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poems (University of Iowa Press). Among her awards are the inaugural Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, the Council for Wisconsin Writers 2006 Lorine Niedecker Award, Third Place in the Poetry Center of Chicago's 14th Annual Juried Reading, and fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Born and raised in The Windy City, she now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Haunting yet inspiring reading. Just one page a whole story unfolds its depth of emotion. The past came to life through words like, "No talk, just radios, tuber-lit and murmuring on the back porch. "So it was not the German U-boat." "fallout shelter, mushroom cloud, radiation sickness. "Oil stove's flame leaping behind isinglass. I felt this book was telling me numerous tales but written so well that I managed to relax soaking it in. Very enjoyable. Won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz