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Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones
Dzvinia Orlowsky

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2008 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-482-7

A collection of poems by Dzvinia Orlowsky.

Gertrude Stein writes: Pink looks as pink, pink looks as pink, as pink as pink supposes, suppose. Dzvinia Orlowsky’s poems in her new book are strung along the tension of a black thread stretched to near snapping as her tenacious, feisty speaker refuses for all women the typecast as another breast cancer statistic, another bumper sticker pink bow. Equal parts shepherd, punk, and auburn-wigged angel, Orlowsky, with torches in her hand, illuminates this dark passage with images of startling originality and honesty. The clear voice in this book joins those whose lives have been and continue to be altered by this disease.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"Dzvinia Orlowsky's new book is full of the gift of life—its preciousness, its frailty, and the duende too, the passion to look unflinchingly at death. She's unwilling to sentimentalize, to patch over the difficult; she steadfastly resists the tawdry willful cheeriness that passes for transcendence. In 'Sexual Water,' Pablo Neruda says, 'Like an eye held hideously open,' and I think yes, this is the purpose of poetry: to look, to attend, to inhabit fully. In the white spaces between stanzas, in her attentive eye for original and un-invented images, in her dark, ironic wit, Orlowsky has drawn her poems close to the heart: teeming, damaged, defended and broken—which is to say, fully human."—Ira Sadoff

"Dzvinia Orlowsky's lyric gift has enabled her to create, in her newest collection of poems, Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones, a multi-dimensional tapestry that both weaves and unweaves language, softens and roughens it, and generates a vision of life that bedazzles and clarifies. I find this work paradoxical in that what is simply rendered in the poem gives rise, nonetheless, to the texture of complex experience-living in a climate, a weather, a historical moment, a culture, being the child of parents, the parents of children, owning a body subject both to joy and pain, capable of making us helpless or non-existent--somehow that's all caught here. It's the poemness of poetry, or the magic of poetry—whatever it is, Orlowsky's got it."—Gray Jacobik

Pushcart Prize recipient, DZVINIA ORLOWSKY is a founding editor of Four Way Books, a contributing editor to Agni, The Marlboro Review, and Shade and currently teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her translation of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna was published by House Between Water Collections in 2006. She lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts, with her husband Jay and their son and daughter, Max and Raisa.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:14:08 -0500