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Here from Away, Poems by Kate Bernadette Benedict
With effortless command of traditional forms and inventive explorations in styles of her own devisings, Kate Bernadette Benedicts Here from Away explores dislocation in its many dimensions: geographic, emotional, personal, spiritual. This collection is Benedicts long-overdue full-length debut.
"What intelligent, energetic, generous poems these are, and how willing to take risks! Theyll trywith impressive successanything to communicate truthfully: formal verse that makes form feel as integral to the poem as it should be; playful, witty free verse that uses freedom well; confession that doesnt plead for sympathy; social commentary that manages subtlety; humor; surrealistic imagery; strong, effective narrative; sharp-eyed description; vignettes that convey the flavor of relationships and domestic situations." Rhina P. Espaillat
"I admire Kate Benedicts poems for their freshness, intelligence, and grace. In poems such as 'Hope,' Kate Benedict shows that her nimbleness in meter informs the music of her free verse. Reading her work I find myself, not unlike the speaker in that poem, eagerly looking forward to 'the next and the next spark.'"A.E. Stallings
Kate Bernadette Benedict grew up in the Bronx, New York and has lived since the 1970s on New York Citys upper west side. Her poems have been appearing in literary magazines and anthologies since 1980. She has worked as a book editor for major publishers and has also worked in education and finance.
ISBN: 1-932339-25-6, 136 pages, $16.00