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University of Pittsburgh Press
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About the Author

Sharon Dolin is the author of several previous poetry collections: Burn and Dodge, winner of the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry; Realm of the Possible; Serious Pink; and Heart Work, as well as five poetry chapbooks. She is Writer-in-Residence at Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. Dolin also teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and directs the Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.


"In Whirlwind Sharon Dolin's trademark quick wit and candor are infused with an uncanny mix of flirt and fury. Anchored by women who ride and are ridden by the blues, these expert poems shift between ode, testimonial, and elegy. Here is the 'oh boy woe' that prompts serious play; here is the intensity a woman displays when 'her head is lifted above some suffering.'
Whirlwind is a book of wonderful whimsy, grace, and bite."
--Terrance Hayes

"Whatever else she does with the American language, Dolin has fun: the New York City-based poet's fourth volume combines great verbal ingenuity with a vast set of subjects. . . . Attentive readers will find credible emotions, real problems of divided love and of middle-aged worry, amid the sometimes baroque surfaces of Dolin's poems. But the surfaces matter: they are the gift she brings."
--Publishers Weekly on Burn and Dodge

"She writes at the edge of compression, with such pop to her lines that I'm reminded of Auden's definition of poetry--'memorable speech.'"
--Bob Hicok on Burn and Dodge

"The strength of this book is that the [narrative] tapestry changes to a living, hurtful theater: the poems keep breaking their own elegant surface to reveal the shadows of loss and memory and fear. These fine poems pull the reader in--enchanting, disturbing, and consoling, all at the same time."
--Eavan Boland on Realm of the Possible