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We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders

“...The word “mad’’ may conjure up notions that are either arty or primitive. Neither would apply in this case. One of the more stunning qualities of these poems is their composure, their lack of interest in histrionics. The poet’s ability to examine her behavior is both edifying and harrowing. A poem such as “Offering,? that speaks to the narrator’s burning herself with a lighted cigarette, is remarkable in its ability to turn and turn again as it considers the behavior…One realizes that once this poem was written this poet could write any poem because she has the ability to indulge metaphor yet not let up a jot on the terror of real circumstances. Whatever else has befallen her, in her poems she seems incapable of backing down…”—Baron Wormser

156 pages | 6 x 9 1/4


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Table of Contents

Dedication – Pamela Spiro Wagner • How to Read a Poem: Beginner’s Manual • Introduction – Mary B. O’Malley MD, PhD • Foreword – Baron Wormser • BEGINNINGS • Eating the Earth • Solo for Two • Here • Ambivalence • Junior Miss • Fusion • My Mother was Medea

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