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An Imperfect Lover
Georgianna Orsini; Robert Phillips, fwd.; Molly Peacock, contrib.

2002 • 72 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9707186-7-9

“Orsini has chosen an apt title for her books,”observes Robert Phillips in his foreword to the book, “because the world of her imagination contains much imperfection—imperfect family life,…imperfect marriages, imperfect health.” As a poet, Orsini is unsentimental and precise. As an illustrator she is both whimsical and ironic. In both media, she is unflinching in her vision of the redemptive powers of art.

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“Orsini composes poems about emotional states that are so palpable they are nearly tactile. Entirely witty and wise as a grown-up companion, she still inhabits that girlhood world of her imagination." —Molly Peacock

From the Book:

Despite a screen on the window,
the damper closed, a bat slips
down a chimney flue. Blind, it reads
the sleeping room, lulled by sunnier sights, then swerves, wings flap
like untrimmed sails coming about.
Whatever you loathe, whatever you fear
snags on that erratic flight,
desperate to find a place to hide.

From “Downdraft”

GEORGIANNA ORSINI, née Sherman, was born in Albany, New York. She attended Wellesley College and Harvard University, and received her B.A. degree from Columbia University, during which time she worked as a Program Coordinator at International House. She has lived in Tuscany and New York. Her gardens have been featured in House and Garden, House Beautiful and American Women’s Garden. At present she lives in the mountains of North Carolina.

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