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PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH WURZ’S CHAPBOOK:
In Cuttings, Elizabeth Wurz renders nine haunting portraits of survival that will keep you turning the page and returning to these arresting narratives. “Our rituals are not private,” the daughter mourning an alcoholic, abusive father divines in the collection’s opening poem. “I could not visualize myself / in the roles of the women / I tried internalizing,” she declares in its coda as she embraces the advent of motherhood and a life devoid of the shame she has known in surreptitious coupling with women who refuse to be open about their love. Come into Wurz’s world of unaffected wit and hard-earned wisdom—particularly in the long masterwork “Where the Road Curves Away From the Pond”—and let her break you open. Let her challenge you to stare into her stark mirrors--& feel your own heart’s burden ease. – L. Lamar Wilson, contest judge and author of Sacrilegion and Prime
"I participate in the haunting,” writes Elizabeth Wurz in her long poem, “Where the Road Curves Away From the Pond," with such grace, courage, and intelligence, that the poem becomes an alternative to Patricia White’s argument in the close: “Love between women is considered unspeakable; it doesn’t make a sound.” Wurz makes sound like nobody else. She brings the house down even as her epigraph from Gaston Bachelard attends it: “the sheltered being gives perceptible limits to his [her] shelter.” In fact, this collection is a kind of trumpeting, a conversation, an argument, voices in sweet contention, collisions in vocabulary, some notes so high and long their necessary difficulty is part of the narrative. – Ralph Burns, author of Ghost Notes
Enter “the sanctuary of my imagining” in Elizabeth Wurz’s collection, and you’ll find a narrative poetic world of lesbian consciousness and queer family. These are tales of working-class handcrafted survival, the Southern gothic, the queer economics of love and resistance. In her chapbook, we see a culture emerge: the inner death that accompanies hiding homoerotics, women lovers dancing together at the rural hoe-down, and the power of a woman inseminating herself. When near the body of her woman love,” My tongue enters my thinking,” Wurz writes, and this collection of poems brings the interdependence of bodies and ideas into the light." – Abe Louise Young, author of Heaven to Me and Ammonite
Elizabeth Wurz is an Associate Professor of English at the College of Coastal Georgia. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, The Report (o-dark-thirty), The GLR Worldwide, Crazyhorse, The Southwest Review, and the GSU Review. Elizabeth’s creative non-fiction has been published by Quarterly West and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 1998, she completed her MFA in English (Creative Writing) at New York University and in 2007, she received her PhD in English (Creative Writing) in 2007 from Georgia State University. Her manuscript, Cuttings, is the winner of Blast Furnace's Second Annual Poetry Chapbook Prize (2015).
Elizabeth's chapbook is available NOW for purchase. Cost per chapbook is $11, including shipping. Books will be sent out AFTER October 1, 2016. Get your copy here via PayPal or Credit Card!
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Additionally, to celebrate the launch, a FREE reading by the poets is slated for Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 7 to 9 PM at Eclipse Lounge in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.