[UCP Books]: THAT KIND OF HAPPY by Maggie Dietz
“Just ordinary everyday experiences. Death, for instance, oh and a child gets his fingers acetoned by a toothbrush for trying to help a wounded expiring bird, its ‘Black eyes visible through skeins / of lids,’ its ‘soft pink belly like a clam.’ And there’s the ‘gossamer ice’ of a frozen river, like ‘bright / metal hammered fine as the / ghost of the ghost of a moon.’ And the birth of a baby, ‘every one / of its live cells singing / Hosanna for “we praise / you” and “please save / us” as being trains its / way into the lighted room. . . .’ Things like that. Everyday instances. All these extraordinary human things, the pleasure and the pain, sung about in a versification which is a radiant celebratory light shining on them.”
THAT KIND OF HAPPY
By Maggie Dietz
US Publication Date: April 25, 2016
International Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Paper $18.00 / £12.50
That Kind of Happy, the long-awaited second collection by award-winning poet Maggie Dietz, explores the sharp, profound tension between a disquieted inner life and quotidian experience. Central to the book are poems that take up two major life events: becoming a mother and losing a father within a short stretch of time. Here, at the intersection of joy and grief, of persistence and attrition, Dietz wrestles with the questions posed by such conflicting experiences, revealing a mind suspicious of quick fixes and dissatisfied with easy answers. The result is a book as anguished as it is distinguished.
Maggie Dietz is the author of Perennial Fall, also published by the University of Chicago Press, and coeditor of Americans’ Favorite Poems, Poems to Read, and An Invitation to Poetry. She teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.