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"These sensual and irreverent poems erupt with unexpected turns of language at once elegant and fierce." --Colette Inez

Here's what I've been waiting for: Diane Seuss-Brakeman's fresh, deep-digging poems, the rich texture of detail and metaphor, and under the images -exuberance, tenacity, loss. For me, the God poems offer a search, a wrestling as bold and intense as any since G. M. Hopkins. Each poem has its own voice-cajoling, taunting, despairing-but each calls out for some lively presence in the world: "I want a direct God-hit, no shrapnel. In other words, love, I walk this dark minefield searching for you." --Conrad Hilberry

It Blows You Hollow is Seuss-Brakeman's chronicle of edgy memories, private sorrows, charged darkness; of scarcities, plenitude and dangers. These sensual and irreverent poems erupt with unexpected turns of language at once elegant and fierce. Reading them made the back hairs of my neck bristle in recognition that real poetry is going on here. Hers is a gift of metaphoric daring and wit that dazzles and consoles with lan, vital and probing truth. --Colette Inez
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ISBN-10:  0932826652
ISBN-13:  978-0932826657
Author:  Diane Seuss-Brakeman
Publisher:  New Issues Poetry Press
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There is no stopping the magic that comes from the wand - the pen - in Seuss's hand. It bursts forth like a bouquet of outrageously colored wildflowers from this first collection of her poems. It is not an easy magic. The sweat beads and trickles down the side of this magician's face. There is grit and suffering behind the art. The reader feels, must feel, her loss, her pain, and senses the strength that will carry her through to the next battle. "You'll hear me coming," Seuss writes in her poem …
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