PoemsMaudelle DriskellThe eighth volume of the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series.
- Maudelle Driskell holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. Her work has been published in many literary reviews and anthologies. She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, awarded by Poetry and the Modern Language Association.Raised in south Georgia, Driskell lived most of her adult life in Atlanta. She now lives in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where she is the executive director of The Frost Place, an arts organization headquartered in Robert Frost’s historic home. Driskell is constantly inspired by the legacy of Robert Frost and the beauty of the landscape.
- “Maudelle Driskell calls these poems ‘talismans,’ and talismans they are. Alternately sleek for the long flight or overflowing with the abundant images of a bleak but fecund world, the poems read as if every word has been considered, weighed, and found worthy. Such care to create such beauty. From chemotherapies to Elvis’s wart impaled upon a stickpin, to Herman Melville’s superfluous obituary, these fine poems all ring true.” —Leon Stokesbury“That the imagination is not just a faculty but a force of nature is nowhere more apparent than in these fierce, protean, startling poems that stare, unblinking, into the deepest wounds, and, with rural certainty, know that the harrow waits for creatures who run toward the light. With vivid, indelible images, Driskell’s powerful intelligence and playful invention reveal and revile our naked vulnerability, and, against it, the desire to become ‘the pit of the fruit that breaks / teeth.’ ” —Eleanor Wilner“At its heart, this is a book about the autonomy of the body—its surprises and horrors, its desires and sexuality, its implacable urges toward nonbeing—and the inability of the will to control it. ‘My mind is all alone in the dark,’ says Driskell in these astringent, highly polished poems. Her eye is fixed as much on the specifically detailed, paradoxical world as on the approximate discoveries of selfhood. The body interferes and determines: a mysterious, evolving entity caught up in what the poet sees not only in herself but in animals and other humans around her.“Quirky, often grimly funny, Driskell’s clarity draws the reader to her insistence on the uncertain ‘other.’ Mature and provocative, this is a stunning first book.” —Cleopatra Mathis
- 72 pp, PaperbackISBN 978-1-939449-03-0Price $16Publication Date: April, 2014