Because What Else Could I Do: Poems

Martha Collins (Author)

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$17.00  $15.64
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2019
5.3 X 0.2 X 7.8 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author

Martha Collins is the author of Night Unto Night (Milkweed, 2018), Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems, three books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and two chapbooks


"Visually delicate and emotionally substantial, the fifty-five poems in Martha Collins' tenth collection, Because What Else Could I Do, interrogate the expectation inherent in connection, here, the poet's with her husband, whose death set up a barrier to comprehension."

--Heavy Feather Review

"Collins captures the variations in the voice of grief: confusion, despair, irony, and talismanic attention to small details. These poems are stripped and spare; they read almost like erasure poems or like listening in on the poet talking to herself only half aloud. . . . This small book urgently and unflinchingly captures the shock and reverberation of unexpected grief."

"Collins renders the most humbling, gorgeous, and inscrutable features of human existence as if they might be made legible."
--Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"A dazzling poet whose poetry is poised at the juncture between the lyric and ethics. Those who have followed Collins' books have long since realized that no subject is off limits for her piercing intellect."
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