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So Close
Peggy Penn




Cavankerry
2001 • 91 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9678856-4-3



Writing with deceptively straightforward language, and finding much of her imagery in the equally deceptive simplicity of nature, Peggy Penn recalls those moments that can shape or shatter our comfortable perspective of life, and she transforms these encounters, finding in them both questions and answers. A late-night scavenging of a ravenous bear in “Dancing in the Dark” is about the other as intruder, invoking sexuality and fear.

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So Close grapples with the daily muck and marvel of life—death and birth, abstinence and passion, sickness and regeneration.” —Elise Paschen

From the Book:

Tin cans rolling across the patio
wake me. Creeping downstairs I make a plan-
fling open the door to scare the raccoons
when a piece of the darkness separates
itself into a blurry massive shape:
on my lawn there is a bear! a bear!
Saliva all over the patio
where he's drooled and strewn four days of garbage.
Striped by moonlight, I watch his snout thrust deep
inside half-grapefruit rinds. He sneezes

From “Dancing in the Dark”



PEGGY PENN grew up in Acosta, a mining town in Pennsylvania. Her father was the local doctor whose job it was to rescue miners from disasters. She remembers her father sewing up the miners and the constant wailing of their wives downstairs in her kitchen. Her first voice was the voice of catastrophe. Next was the voice of silence. Her mother had a severe stutter so Peggy learned to speak the unspoken on behalf of her mother. Language became her focus as a child and adult. She was Director of Clinical Training and Education at the Ackerman Institute for the Family from 1985 to 1993 and now directs a project researching the use of language and writing in family therapy. She teaches throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has published twenty-five papers and is working on her second book about the interface between her life and work.



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