A Cartography of Home


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Terrapin Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.23 inches | 0.34 pounds

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About the Author

Hayden Saunier's first collection of poetry, TIPS FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Award and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2009. She won the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Rattle Poetry Prize, both in 2011, and her work has appeared in 5 A.M., Beloit Poetry Journal, Bellevue Literary Review, Drunken Boat, Smartish Pace, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry and on the poetry site, Verse Daily. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Hayden is also an actress with extensive theatre, film and television credits, including The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia Diary and Hack. Her new collection of poetry, Say Luck, was recently awarded the Gell Poetry Prize and will be published in October 2013.
Diane Lockward is the editor of three earlier craft books: The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics (Terrapin Books, 2018), The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop (Terrapin Books, 2016), and The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Terrapin Books, rev. ed., 2016). She is also the author of four poetry books, most recently The Uneaten Carrots of Atonement (Wind Publications, 2016). Her awards include the Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a Woman of Achievement Award. Her poems have been included in such journals as the Harvard Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. She is the publisher of Terrapin Books.


Like Elizabeth Bishop, Hayden Saunier is a poet of place. She is a poet of domesticity. For her, home is anywhere she is: a highway motel, a minimart, a discount super store, a stone house. Like Bishop, she is precise with details, but she transfigures her details into something larger, something radiant. Her pantry, she says, is full, and she delights in every item, remembering at the outset to invite the reader in: "Sit down and eat." She welcomes us into her world, both external and interior, tame and wild. "It's magic," she says, but warns, "It's possible this house won't hold." But it does, and so do these evocative poems. By the time we take our leave, we have been touched by their magic.

-George Drew

Hayden Saunier's poems are sure bets for an encounter with the poetic. That is, a way of entering a world through a poet's eye: a real world, keenly observed, charted, in both close detail and wide angles, and delivered to us in one suspenseful line after the other. These poems connect us to both the micro and macro levels of living and bring us back home to our place in our minds, bodies, and the natural world.

-Niloufar Talebi