Odessa

Odessa
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Poetry

Odessa

Winner of the Minnesota Book Award
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A grim prognosis, brain cancer, leaves the speaker in Patricia Kirkpatrick’s Odessa—selected by Peter Campion as the winner of the 2012 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry—fighting for her life.

The tumor presses against her amygdalae, the “emotional core of the self,” central to the process of memory. And so a dreamlike reality emerges from these poems, emotionally charged but void of sentimentality. Kirkpatrick’s Odessa, “roof of the underworld,” is a refuge at once real and imagined, resembling simultaneously the Midwestern prairie and a god-inhabited city. We see a field filled with unidentifiable birds and the unknowable. A post-surgery body that can be “broken / like a piece of bread.” Ceres and Hades locked in a custody battle for Persephone—and Persephone’s fruit, “the color of bloodstain.”

Ghostly, lyrical, and bearing shades of classical heroism, Odessa delivers a personal narrative of stunning dimension.

ISBN:
978-1-57131-456-7
Publish Date: 
12/11/2012
Pages: 
96
Size: 
8.5 × 5.5 × 0.2 in
Weight: 
5 oz

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