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Inside the Yellow Dress
Mary Ann Samyn



Inland Seas

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2001 • 81 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-09-8



“Samyn's poems are not quite all there—they remind me of Hugh Kenner's statement about Pound’s take on Sappho, writing poems that feel as if... [continued in Reviews below]”—Vince Gotera, North American Review

The dress of Inside the Yellow Dress is both the clothing of childhood, of girlhood in particular, and the garment of language we all put on. And like clothing, the poems are cut as though from cloth: here an armhole, here a sleeve, a cuff, and, finally, space where a body might go. Formally, the poems enact this interest in both fabric and lyric as they move across the page: the mind at work, language as desire and restraint, as loss and memory, as frontier. The page itself as the physical place where language lives. In Samyn's poems white space is not a surrender, but acknowledgment that this is space otherwise occupied. To be inside the dress is not simply to be wearing it; rather, as the poems say, assert: I live here, within the play and hush of language.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Samyn's poems are not quite all there—they remind me of Hugh Kenner's statement about Pound’s take on Sappho, writing poems that feel as if half the parchment has been ripped off—Samyn's poems are elliptical in a strangely intimate sense, as if they are inaccessibly hermetic yet vibrate electrically because of her knack in slipping the reader into her poem… Samyn’s book is a significant feminist statement at the same time that it is an intensely personal document.”—Vince Gotera, North American Review

“Mary Ann Samyn's originality and intelligent energy, so evident in Captivity Narrative, continue here to spark their mysterious questions and longings. I admire hugely this poetry's humors and sorrows, the wild thoughtfulness, the risks.”—Jean Valentine



MARY ANN SAMYN is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Beauty Breaks in (New Issues, 2009). Her work has won the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the James Wright Poetry Award from Mid-American Review, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University.



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