Local Author Arielle Greenberg Publishes New Book Of Poetry

Belfast poet Arielle Greenberg recently published a new book of poems, Slice. She used one of local artist’s Katenia Keller’s tarot cards for the cover image. Slice and previous published works by Greenberg are available through local book stores and Amazon. The reader reviews below portray the life contained in this new family of poems. […]

Slice, Poems by Arielle Greenberg Belfast poet Arielle Greenberg recently published a new book of poems, Slice. She used one of local artist’s Katenia Keller’s tarot cards for the cover image.

Slice and previous published works by Greenberg are available through local book stores and Amazon. The reader reviews below portray the life contained in this new family of poems.

Greenberg’s Slice is a challenging and turbulent collection that captures the havoc of motherhood and sexuality. In sprawling, omnivorous verse and prose that seem to be written in a fury, Greenberg reveals the terrifying anxieties and spirit of a self negotiating her gendered identities as mother, wife, lover, and friend. Brutally honest and intimate, these poems range from comical sexual fantasies to mournful memories of birthing a stillborn. Greenberg’s brave poetry brims with the cauterizing contradictions of life. —Cathy Park Hong

Slice might cut you or offer you a generous portion of what you desire, something delicious and daring. I love this collection of joyfully falling apart poems, rounded and grounded in selfhood, motherhood, and the life of a poet. Ambitious and sexy, Greenberg’s unbridled desire coalesces into a generous and gorgeous sharing of a bold and honest life. —Brenda Coultas

In Slice, Arielle Greenberg does the thinking work and the feeling work and the sounding work that the best poets always do—she writes out of a love for, and a great dissatisfaction with, the tradition she has inherited and the day it has engendered. She writes, beautifully, love poems, and, just as beautifully, such satisfying poems of whatever the opposite of love is. She writes some of the most well-thought-out poems of the current revolutionary moment. —Shane McCrae

Arielle Greenberg, author, black and white photographArielle Greenberg is also the author of the forthcoming creative nonfiction book Locally Made Panties, as well as the previous poetry books My Kafka Century and Given, and the chapbooks Shake Her and Fa(r)ther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials. She is co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of Home/Birth: A Poemic, and co-editor of three anthologies: most recently, with Lara Glenum, Gurlesque. Her poems and essays have been featured in anthologies including the Best American Poetry, Labor Day: True Birth Stories for the 21st Century, and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, and she writes a regular column on contemporary poetics for the American Poetry Review. A former tenured professor in poetry at Columbia College Chicago, she now lives in Maine and teaches in the community and in Oregon State University-Cascades’ MFA.

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