If you’ve never read one of Connie Voisine’s poems, you may be pleasantly surprised by the elegance and beauty in her imagery. We were pleased to find just such beauty in something seemingly industrial and plain in her poem, “Medical Plaza,” featured on page 191 of AJ 2013.
Connie Voisine is an associate professor of English at New Mexico State University. Educated at Yale University, University of California at Irvine, and University of Utah, she also coordinates La Sociedad para las Artes, an English Department outreach organization. Her book, Cathedral of the North, was selected winner of the AWP Award in Poetry, and Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream was published by University of Chicago Press in 2008 and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She was a Fulbright Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2012.
Here is a teaser from “Medical Plaza”:
Oh secret volume—so
this is the other,
the failing life? The truer
eye? Tests and brown-tiered
balconies, five stories
of early risers? Hours 8-5. A man
with cane leans on the railing, floor
Following the poem is this dialogue with Connie:
The piece takes place literally in the quiet before the day’s rush, and metaphorically, it touches upon a more substantial, existential waiting. What fascinates you about these in-between spaces?
That’s lyric itself, isn’t it—the in-between spaces. The stopped clock. The emotion, the thinking, the psychology that pauses the busy narrative of the world …
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Announcing the January publication of
My So-Called Ruined Life
Tate McCoy Series • Book 1
by Melanie Bishop
Last summer was the worst summer of Tate McCoy’s life. Last summer, Tate’s mom was murdered—just as their damaged relationship was about to mend. Now, with her dad in jail as the prime suspect and her future unsettlingly uncertain, most people think Tate’s life is ruined—but Tate is not most people. Determined to make the most of her seventeenth summer, she’s spending plenty of time biking around town with her best friend, Kale, finding her buoyancy at Barton Springs, camping and hiking at the Grand Canyon with her Aunt Greta, and not following her “no boys for now” policy.
But a horrifying truth about her mom’s death puts Tate’s resilience to the test yet again. Full of refreshingly blunt teenage wisdom, bawdy, between-friends humor, and plenty of pool time, this debut novel explores the tightening and unraveling of relationships—and the rocky, empowering journey of realizing one’s own strength in tough times.