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Dream of the Gone-From City
Barbara Edelman



Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2017 • 88 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-618-0



New Poetry

Dream of the Gone-From City treads the fault lines between worlds: internal and external, natural and constructed, past and present. “Blessed am I, when neither/here nor there” Edelman writes, probing borders between mothers and daughters, lovers tracing words in sand, the living and the dead. Infused with intelligence and sly humor, these poems travel from Malibu to the Adirondacks to Bordeaux, France—weaving disco, Shakespeare, and nursery rhymes into their exquisitely crafted lyric narratives.

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Reviews / Endorsements

Dream of the Gone-From City is brilliant—as in intelligent, smart, astute. It is brilliant—as in vivid, intense, luminous.”—Lynn Emanuel

“Barbara Edelman’s first full-length collection, with flaring intelligence and elegant ingenuity, argues against our complacency even as we fulfill purposes that remain largely unknown to ourselves. Edelman’s urban landscapes are cleanly told, brightest at the lonely edges where we find ourselves in the company of restless, clear-eyed survivors living by wit and split-second generosity, migrating ceaselessly toward reconciliation, the hard world’s un/making, “every cell an insurrection. Every misheard word a revolution.” Dream of the Gone-From City is a beautiful, long-awaited debut.”—Dorothy Barresi

“The raveling is held together by jump cuts, by sleights, by the laws of mathematics as applied to the horizon. You must make a journey to the gone-from city surrounded by forest. Do not miss this smart and grave book.” —Marsha De La O



BARBARA EDELMAN’S poems and prose have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, Arts & Letters, 5 AM, and Poet Lore, among other journals, and in several anthologies. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks. Her work has been recognized by a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts individual artist grant in poetry, the Turow-Kinder Award in short fiction, and several residency fellowships. She teaches writing and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.



Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:32:08 -0500