Because What Else Could I Do: Poems

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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5.3 X 7.8 X 0.2 inches | 0.2 pounds
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About the Author
Martha Collins is the author of ten previous collections of poetry, most recently Because What Else Could I Do, which won the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award. Previous volumes include Blue Front, White Papers, Admit One: An American Scrapbook, and the paired volumes Day unto Day and Night unto Night. She has also cotranslated four volumes of Vietnamese poetry and coedited several anthologies.

"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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