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Saddle Road Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.18 inches | 0.27 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Holman is a poet, prose writer, literary consultant, and artist. Captive is her sixth poetry book. She is the author of the collection, Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window, and four chapbooks, including the prizewinning Wait for Me, I'm Gone. She was a 2021 NYC Poets Afloat micro-residency fellow on a historic boat in the New York harbor. Her poems have been on Verse Daily and in The Best American Poetry, and nominated by journal editors for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes. She grew up in northern New Jersey, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"In Captive, her sharp-eyed, resplendently smart new book, Amy Holman offers us intricate insights into the diminishing rhythms of a dizzying array of species ranging from rabbits, toads, koalas, wombats and tigers to flowers to birds of every feather to a panoply of sea creatures, preeminently whales. A blue whale, in turn, can take many forms, from magnificent mammal to school art project to folded envelope. And we experience different kinds of blows: both whale exhalations and the blights we inflict and bear 'in depleting present, taking the blows' of the pandemic, along with catastrophic oil spills and plastic pollution. Meanwhile, Holman repeatedly revisits the story of a home destroyed by arson. Throughout, she teases out 'hidden links and double meaning[s]' implicit in histories, etymologies, and artistic encryptions-including not only the fascinating array of her own poetic forms but lazuli encapsulating a Medieval woman's 'prominence above men's signatures of the age.' In these exquisite and sobering, grave and witty, disciplined and exhilarating poems, so much of what is captured can't be held captive. 'Awake to every moment, ' this wondrous collection is an urgent paean to 'what is wild, or what needs to be.'"

-Stephen Massimilla, author of Frank Dark