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Beauty Breaks In
Mary Ann Samyn



Inland Seas

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2009 • 65 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-87-6



“There is an excitement in reading this collection because of its unpredictability. Each poem is like an adventure, and as readers we are at the... [continued in Reviews below]”—Gina Myers, 360 Main Street

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“There is an excitement in reading this collection because of its unpredictability. Each poem is like an adventure, and as readers we are at the mercy of Samyn's will. A number of poems have an almost fairytale-like quality to them. Haunted by religion, Samyn renders childhood, specifically girlhood, in such a way that is surprisingly new and painfully accurate. Like a magpie, she collects disparate fragments and pulls them together. Everything is a potential source for poems, even a coloring book which Samyn cites as the source for the title of the poem "Make Them Howl or Breathe Fire." (Imagine for a moment the pictures that would accompany those instructions.)”—Gina Myers, 360 Main Street

“Mary Ann Samyn is a devotional poet, one devoted to the mischief and sanctity of a threshold life. Reading, delightedly, through Beauty Breaks In, I sometimes felt that I was bird watching with Paul Celan or going to the movies with Edmond Jabes. Better still, I felt a continuing spiritual economy of pure refreshment. 'A little mayhem goes a long way' as Samyn avows, and I rejoice to believe her.”—Donald Revell



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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