Distributed for Carnegie Mellon University Press
Deborah Pope’s poems give voice to a life deeply felt and fully realized, whose very personal visions yield universal claims. At the heart of this poetry’s fanaticism is the search for the ground of intimacy and the configurations of identity. It is a measure of Pope’s skill that each recognition seems powerfully right, not sought but given.
“Deborah Pope writes there is ‘salt in my kiss.’ Her poems have that kind of bite and are welcome because of it. She is intimate and wry and brassy in poems that wonderfully explore the hurts humans fall to—but a fine and positive hunger for life’s intensities energizes her songs. . . . Fanatic Heart is deft and true and exciting work.”
“In Deborah Pope’s poems open spaces are populated with light; a familiar landscape looked at closely and freshly becomes the sum of unsuspectedly rich, even sumptuous, parts. It’s a rare joy to read a poet whose command of sensuous language is equal to her passionate love of the physical world.”
“I am astonished by the intensity of these poems, by their sensuousness and precision, by their ability to catch the elusive weathers of marriage and family, by the rediscoveries of value beyond the clutter of experience. These are poems of family in the largest sense, and of lives. It is because we have all felt the need to start over, so many times, and the need to return, that they speak to us.”