Odes to the Ordinary: Poems

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Price
$15.95  $14.83
Publisher
Green Writers Press
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Pages
90
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9798987663103
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About the Author
Emily Benson-Scott's work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Cold Mountain Review, Colorado Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Nimrod International Journal, and Southern Poetry Review, among other journals. Her travel writing has appeared in The London Daily Telegraph, Time Out New York, Delta Sky, Postcards, Venice, and Ultratravel. She holds a BA in international relations from Cornell University, and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Formerly an adjunct professor with CUNY, Emily and her husband have spent the last decade working remotely from locations around the world, ranging from the Arctic Circle of Norway to the stiletto heel of Italy. More at www.emilybensonscott.com
Reviews
"Perhaps the deepest root in all of poetry isn't elegy's instinct to mourn, nor eros's urge to sing, but something simpler than either, an innate instinct to praise the world and all that's in it. So Caedmon begins his hymn, 'Now I praise, ' and so Emily Benson-Scott offers us her Odes to the Ordinary. It takes a poet of both genuine gentleness and real humility to understand that our truest wonders hardly seem like wonders at all. So it is these poems give us back as gifts what we'd easily otherwise take for granted." --Dan Beachy-Quick, poet, essayist, and translator, author of a translation from Ancient Greek, Stone-Garland--Six Poets from the Greek Lyric Tradition
"It takes a poet of both genuine gentleness and real humility to understand that our truest wonders hardly seem like wonders at all. These poems give us back as gifts what we'd easily otherwise take for granted--an egret in central park, a rainy wedding remembered not with regret but gratitude . . . . the daily graces we overlook when we seek epiphany instead of simple hours." --Dan Beachy-Quick, author of a translation from Ancient Greek, Stone-Garland--Six Poets from the Greek Lyric Tradition and Arrows.
"Emily Benson-Scott's poems are lush displays of language, joy, and hope that shimmer and sear with a master's stroke. Of course, you will rediscover Keats in new and exciting ways on these pages, but there is also a nod to what Plath might have done in the out years. These poems are fiercely ambitious and sleek with urgency. An important book for our time, this collection provides a ready salve to heal a post-pandemic world." --Dean Smith, author of Baltimore Sons and Director of Duke University Press.
"In Odes to the Ordinary there are surprise and beautiful language . . . . Her poems welcome you, but you need to watch your step . . . . In her first lines--she poses a question, makes a statement, draws you in from the start; you'll keep reading and turning the page for another well-observed line that will stay with you whispering or burning." --Robert Lipton, former Poet Laureate of Richmond California, social activist, and author of A Complex Bravery.