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The Playhouse Near Dark
Elizabeth Holmes

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2007 • 56 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-464-3

A collection of poems by Elizabeth Holmes.

An unsentimental exploration of childhood and parenthood, The Playhouse Near Dark delves into the marvels, terrors and transformations of a new life. Pregnancy and birth are profound experiences, both creative and alienating; the infant—“this force / this vortex of sheer need”—is as powerful as he is vulnerable. In language that is often startlingly intense yet always accessible, this book probes the ways the arrival of a child shapes our perceptions of everything in our world.

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"Elizabeth Holmes's poetic charting of two pregnancies and the earliest years of her children's lives takes the reader into surprisingly unfamiliar territory. From the ultrasound in which she becomes a 'dull / slow boom, haunting the background,' through an infancy in which a child is a 'live current of will / wrapped in a body / of squall and piss,' to the last poem, where children play against the coming darkness, the movement of the book is seamless. With unexpected imagery and an exceptionally fine ear, Holmes explores and balances emotional complexities that will speak to all of us."—Martha Collins, author of Blue Front

"Elizabeth Holmes's moving poems make the experience of motherhood vivid and immediate. They will awaken intense memories in any reader who's ever had a baby, and enlighten those who haven't."—Alison Lurie, author of Foreign Affairs, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, 1984

ELIZABETH HOLMES’s first book of poetry was The Patience of the Cloud Photographer (Carnegie Mellon, 1997). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and Gettysburg Review. A graduate of Davidson College and Cornell University, she works as a writer and editor in Ithaca, New York.

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