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Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody
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No title better expresses the cool elegance, smoldering emotional
depth, and imposing formal architecture of Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody's
poetry than her newest book. These poems are strong additions
to her substantial body of work.
Praise for Glacier Fire
Glacier Fire asks you to read with the ear both composer and musician attend to
music -- who but Martha Vertreace-Doody will rhyme-riff a sestina's repeating word
us, with rosettes, musk, tulips, and the repeating word one
with numbers two, three, clear down to the seventh day in the poem's
coda? These poems weave a bliss of language until you are like the
bridge scaler in 'Brooklyn Bridge,' 'a bown striped/ spider webbed
in candles of black pine,' touched to flame by their music.
Lucia Cordell Getsi
In Glacier Fire, Martha Modena Vertreace-Dooody reveals her deft touch
as a cartographer of the human heart. She maps 'the known world' that
we move through and that moves inexorably through us, rife with the
flora and fauna of daily life becoming suddenly exotic. Both celestial
and earthly, American and Celtic, this collection's various locales
bristle with things rising and falling -- bread rising in the kitchen
and meteors blazing across the night sky. Hers is a welcome and mature
vision, honoring equally endings and beginnings, the beloved dead and
the pleasures of newlyweds' marital bed. In sum, this book's choris
of voices offers a litany of heartfelt aphorisms, the poet's
collective wisdom to live and die by.
By Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody
Perfect Bound, 87 pages, Published by Word Press
6 x 9 inches, 2004
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