Distributed for CavanKerry Press
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Grand Prize Honorable Mention
Eric Hoffer Awards
"Margo Taft Stever’s Cracked Piano is a collection of forty-two poems divided into five sections that offers glimpses into pain, aloneness, mental disorder, psychiatric treatment, remembrance, trauma, and invisible barriers, taking us on a mind-watching tour of the collection’s central figure: the poet’s great-grandfather, Peter Rawson Taft. Many poems toe the thin line of sanity and insanity, mining Peter’s experiences through following generations, childhood memories, and explorations of other devastating moments."
Another Chicago Magazine
"The sensibility in Cracked Piano shows a fractured and often frightening world with a speaker who yearns for a human existence that is less broken, not cracked like the piano in the title poem where one of the inmates is trying to 'extract harmonious discords out of a cracked piano.' This may as well be Stever’s own quest, to speak out of pain with some sort of hope for harmony."
Cider Press Review