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Undone
Maxine Scates



Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2011 • 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-99-9



“Undone is a serious and tender book of important poems in which Scates navigates the history of herself and her region in an effortless series... [continued in Reviews below]”—Michael Rosenbaum, Front Porch

Reviews / Endorsements

“Undone is a serious and tender book of important poems in which Scates navigates the history of herself and her region in an effortless series of memories. She knows how to hold an image and examine it in a way that is a testament to her survival as a person and a poet. She also knows how to leave an image before it’s been gutted, letting one part of a meaning lead toward and weave into another. These poems skirt on unconsciousness while remaining grounded in every important detail—every tractor, every dead relative, every drink taken or not taken. As such, she is able to paint on an extremely wide canvas, which is necessary because her subject matter is the vast concept of what makes us who we are and how we can only gain privy into who we are by starting everywhere at once—beginning, middle, and end—and unraveling everything we know and don’t know until at last we stand in the truth of having been … undone.”—Michael Rosenbaum, Front Porch

“By brave and honest recognition, coupled with a deft ability to glide between realms of perception tripped open by memory and emotion, Maxine Scates reconstructs a life undone by the brokenness of family, friends, and self. Nuanced, mysterious, intimate. Beautiful poems.”—Dorianne Laux



MAXINE SCATES is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Toluca Street and Black Loam. She is coeditor, with David Trinidad, of Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford. Her poems have been widely published in such journals as AGNI, The American Poetry Review, Ironwood, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Her work has received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, the Lyre Prize, a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Literary Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. She has taught at Lane Community College, Lewis and Clark College and most recently Reed College. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.



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