Tanya: Poems

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Knopf Publishing Group
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6.85 X 9.21 X 0.87 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author
BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY is the Okinawan-Irish American author of five previous books of poetry, including The Octopus Museum and Our Andromeda. The recipient of a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark, Shaughnessy lives with her family in New Jersey.
"Juicy models of lyrical reasoning, [Shaughnessy's poems] bring together wordplay and rhetoric . . . The poems have a fertile restlessness. They don't settle into epiphanies but continue layering, swerving, branching, reconsidering . . . Her vibrant dives into the possibilities of [the self] invest it with multitudes . . . In the Shaughnessy multiverse, everything contains everything else, or has that capacity . . . Femaleness and iterations of feminism provide a framework for "Tanya." The collection can be seen in part as a version of midlife stock-taking, via odes to women artists, mentors, lovers, frenemies and former selves . . . Shaughnessy [traces] her own derivation and education through myriad mothers, stretching definitions of "mother" to include frictions, crushes, heartbreaks and inspirations that became part of her DNA . . . Chief among the new book's many subjects are love, absence and loss: how to live with or without them . . . [Shaughnessy] writes about love as being "timelessness itself". This is a book in which the poet's ability "to imagine and to wonder/fiercely" never flags." --Amy Gerstler, New York Times

"A probing, richly rendered collection of poems . . . a reflection on women artists as friends, mentors, and influencers...Shaughnessy relentlessly sifts and shifts through our image making, seeking clarity while recognizing that life is 'not a straight story or a jagged line.' Meanwhile, she celebrates the eponymous Tanya, wanting to 'repair the path between us.' A remarkable book achieving all its ambitions." --Library Journal (starred review)