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[It] Incandescent puts us on the path near Emily Dickinson’s home in a timeless Amherst where we embark on a multi-layered journey: poems written by a fictional narrator are interceded by details from Dickinson’s life as well as the tragic story that propels the narrator to a stunning, yet indeterminate, conclusion. What was Dickinson’s “secret” and how does the experience of trauma both obscure and reveal? In this truly sui generis book, poetry, fiction, and fact blend, reminding us of the complex tissue of narratives and psychologies whenever we try to uncover the truth of someone’s life, especially Emily Dickinson’s.
—Ellen Hinsey, author of Update on the Descent
"Stela is a novel of exception. The writing is magical, inventive, whimsical…funny…sinister and slightly disturbing."
—Juliet Bates, author of The Missing
--Gregory Fraser, author of Answering the Ruins
Equally at ease with pop culture, Greek philosophy, a sleeping cock, and Bach's Partita No. 3, Amy Pence reconfigures the lyric, the body, and language itself.
--Jillian Wiese, author of The Amputee's Guide to Sex
Armor, Amour rejects all seamlessness, soullessness. In reading, we do not "glide past earth's fierce and mythic wreckage": we must, by way of the poem, go in--to an interior where dangerous secrets seed themselves and a beast chambers. But Pence, both ingenious and generous, breaks us out as well. I am grateful for these poems, dark & glittering.
--Kate Northrop, author of Clean
This anthology has been used successfully at colleges and universities in travel writing and poetry writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; the collection is appropriate for a wide variety of courses in writing and literature, including contemporary literature and American literature courses, as well as courses examining American perspectives and aesthetic responses to other cultures. Ninebark is committed to keeping its books in print, affordable, and available, so the anthology is a good choice for regularly offered courses as well as special topics seminars.