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Hilarity
Patty Seyburn



Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2009 • 75 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-83-8



“In her third collection, Hilarity, Patty Seyburn writes a poetry of idiosyncratic patterns through which she restlessly questions and names. On the surface, the outcome... [continued in Reviews below]”—Steve Langan, Make Literary Magazine

Reviews / Endorsements

“In her third collection, Hilarity, Patty Seyburn writes a poetry of idiosyncratic patterns through which she restlessly questions and names. On the surface, the outcome seems to serve—as if the two can be separated—as linguistic or philosophical taxonomy. However, in these speedy, dense classifications, she evokes much more than a mere phenomenological landscape full of meaningful beasts and backdrops. Always inviting the reader’s participatory spirit, she writes, 'Cue the crickets. Cue the junebugs. / Cue the sliver of a moon.' Through these rapid combinations, Seyburn responds to the many myths she creates to develop her own aslant universe. Though these poems openly attempt to test the limits of language, they somehow sustain the reader’s sense of wonder, too. Seyburn achieves an alchemy in which there is a new set of activators, agents, and reactions.”—Steve Langan, Make Literary Magazine

“In a time when there’s little to laugh about, Patty Seyburn’s Hilarity is an epic punch line: sparkling and smart. I rely on her ‘sort of music eliding joy and pain’ —and the echoes in the great church of disbelief to keep us all sane and savvy. Read Hilarity and weep, and laugh. And get better because of it.”—Carol Muske-Dukes

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the Green Rose Prize (2008)


PATTY SEYBURN'S third book of poems, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Poetry & Prose. She has published two books of poems: Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998) which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association's Notable Book Award for 2000. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast and Western Humanities Review. Seyburn grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. She is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, Eric Little, and their two children, Sydney and Will.



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