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January Gill O’Neil

New Voices

2009 • 92 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-16-7

The dynamics of race, family, motherhood, career, sex and ultimately, transformation are explored in this debut collection. Underlife represents the wilderness of thought and emotion hidden away from the external world. Through O’Neil’s narratives we see our lives as if for the first time.

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"O’Neil offers masterfully complex portraits of childhood—both through the speaker’s memory and observations of her own children. She writes equally well about sex, marriage, rural life, and the suburbs with candid observations and evocative imagery. O’Neil’s collection is substantial, playful, and compassionate—even when dealing with difficult themes such as alcoholism and racism. Her narrative threads take surprising and enigmatic leaps, yet are always clear, accessible, wonderfully real."—Denise Duhamel

"O’Neil praises life with a subtle wisdom wrapped inside the most delicious language Underlife is an exact eloquence, an excellent beginning."—Afaa Michael Weaver

JANUARY GILL O’NEIL'S poetry and articles have appeared in two Cave Canem anthologies, Crab Orchard Review, Literary Mama, Field, Callaloo, Seattle Review, among others. A fellow with Cave Canem poets, she also is cofounder of New and Emerging Writers, a literary series in Massachusetts.

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