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A Timeshare
Margaret Ross




Omnidawn
2015 • 104 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-012-0



“Full of ideas, almost giddily aloft on the swells of long sentences, and replete with carefully counterintuitive moments of beauty, Ross’s much-awaited debut poses a frequently thrilling (and only occasionally insurmountable) challenge to older generations’ tastes.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize

Margaret Ross’s debut unearths the corporeal in the most desolate reaches of corporate speech: Futures exchange. Human resources. Personal life. Lush and visceral, A Timeshare knows that questions and crises of individual existence are inextricably bound to shared experience and its deft music carries from the closest closet to outer space, touching the concrete through the metaphysical: it syncs the bed to the ocean, memory to zero-g, voicemail to lyric, killjar, dive bar, Lascaux, Antarctica, living and waiting rooms. What time is it? What’s time? Your shadow renders you a human sundial. "Countdown," the book begins.

Reviews / Endorsements

"Lib Hub’s 30 Must-Read Poetry Debuts from 2015" —Lib Hub

"When you watch it closely, the mind is both gorgeous and unsettling. This is true, at least, of watching Ross’s mind."—Karla Kelsey, Constant Critic

“In Ross’s poems the inhabited moment is mourned from an imagined future, and by the end of the book a strange feeling of looking back upon the moment of humanity from a post-anthropocene vantage starts to pervade its formal intricacies.”—John Wilkinson, Harriet

A Timeshare channels that crepuscular space between waking and dreaming. ‘Could you tell which was your own if you were asked to touch ten silent faces in the dark?’ Margaret Ross asks in poems full of intense yet meditative wonder. They emit the ghostly ambience of ‘voices wafting past their sentences’ and ‘notes across a promissory silence.’ It’s as if someone was singing from the shadows, or the shadows themselves were singing throughout this stunning, truly singular debut. A Timeshare is a remarkable book.”—Terrance Hayes

"Reality feels plotless but not patternless, and poetry seems to me the most accurate means of perceiving those patterns in their true range and simultaneity."—Rusty Morrison



MARGARET ROSS' poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence and The New Yorker. Her writing has been recognized with fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Fulbright Program and Stanford, where she is currently a Stegner Fellow. 



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