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Life of the Garment
Poems
Deborah Gorlin




Bauhan
2015 • 112 pp. 6 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$16.50 Paperback, 978-0-87233-192-1



“Deborah Gorlin lusts after thingness—even as she knows that its eerie emptiness will disenchant in the end. A wizard of description . . . she focuses her... [continued in Reviews below]”—Alice B. Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate,

Winner of the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Prize for Poetry

In her vital, elegiac poems, Deborah Gorlin inventories her dead in urgent acts of recognition and commemoration. Family members—both nuclear and extended—appear in their native stories to reanimate local histories, intimate geographies, and lost times. In a different series of personae poems, Gorlin catalogues dolls and totems within their particular cultural habitats, which range from Africa to the Andes, and imagines their daemonic hopes, dreams and emotions. In a final act of inclusion, she takes stock of her own spiritual hesitations, yearnings, approximations, and explorations of such crazy topics as fingernails, Hebraic trees, and fat.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Deborah Gorlin lusts after thingness—even as she knows that its eerie emptiness will disenchant in the end. A wizard of description . . . she focuses her raw wonder on the real . . . until it’s revealed as if new. Poem after poem, the elations and elegies of Gorlin’s language melt in your mouth like hard candies.”—Alice B. Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate

“In Life of the Garment, we find Deborah Gorlin’s felt intelligence, where language locates us in poetry’s true place: history living in the heart. In poem after poem, Gorlin clothes us in her fabric of sung words, with characters unique and familiar to us. Her poems give us facsimiles of love, which comfort and gaze upon us. In reading this fine collection, you will see for yourself.”—Gary Margolis, 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize judge and author of Raking the Winter Leaves



DEBORAH GORLIN has published in a wide range of journals including Poetry, Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Seneca Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review, Bomb, Connecticut Review, Women’s Review of Books, New England Review, and Best Spiritual Writing 2000. Before winning the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, she won the 1996 White Pine Poetry Press Prize for her first book of poems, Bodily Course. Gorlin holds an MFA from the University of California/Irvine. Since 1991, she has taught writing at Hampshire College, where she serves as co-director of the Writing Program. She is currently a poetry editor at The Massachusetts Review.



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