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Twenty Colors
Elizabeth Kirschner

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
1992 • 88 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-129-1

The debut collection of poetry by Elizabeth Kirschner.

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“There are wonderful contradictions at work in this book: it is, on one hand, serene, familial, tender, deeply anchored in the world and, on the other hand, it is also wildly imagined, daring, sensuous. The result is not contradictory at all; the result is Twenty Colors, a splendid and original first book.”—Thomas Lux

“Kirschner’s knowledge of pain and beauty are equal, and her gift is their equal measurement in startling, unique images. Such lines as ‘I . . . planted my body like a bone/before my mother’s door at night,’ and ‘In my other body, God / is established, living alone’ evidence a remarkably mature vision. The added delight is her imagination, that casts her mother and father as ‘two wounds, hanging/like ear lobes’ pierced daily ‘with jewels: rubies, pearls, tempered bits / of gold.’ These poems are at once lovely and searing.”—Eve Shelnutt

“Because they take as their springboards for their performances those liminal moments a lesser poet would be content to make the whole basis of art, Kirschner’s poems are breathtaking. ‘Bound in the beautiful failings of the flesh,’ they enlarge our notion of what poetry can accomplish.”—Peter Cooley

ELIZABETH KIRSCHNER lives mostly in Boston, but she also lives in the Berkshires, in Western Massachusetts. Her poems appeared in The Georgia Review, The North American, The Ohio Review, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. In 1990 she was named as a runner-up for the for the Grolier Poetry Prize. She teaches at Boston College.

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