A Wake with Nine Shades News

A Wake with Nine Shades

Congratulations Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Sperry Steinorth’s A Wake with Nine Shades received positive reviews from the Michigan Quarterly Review and Kirkus Review.

Read the reviews here: Michigan Quarterly Review and Kirkus Review.

“This book is technically accomplished and more emotionally ambitious than most first books. It certainly leaves this reader longing for more.”                              Michigan Quarterly Review

“A fine collection of poetry that strikingly engages readers with complexity.”                Kirkus Review

A Wake with Nine Shades is an exploration of grief and culpability, a Dantean descent through contemporary midlife crisis. Populated by ghosts and children, lovers and amputations, bodies of water, insomnia, debt and domestic violence, Steinorth measures what is broken against the white space of the page, paying homage to the Great Lakes and snowscapes her poems inhabit and the vacancies, denials, and drains they circle. Formally inventive and musically obsessive, the book’s unconventional formal construction and lyric wit contribute what Eleanor Wilner deems the essential “Lightness” described by Italo Calvino, noting Steinorth’s “ability to treat weighty subjects with a mastery of style . . . a liveliness of imagination and intelligence that lightens, without denial, what would otherwise be unbearable. . . .”

Purchase a copy here: A Wake with Nine Shades


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