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Our List Of Solutions
Poetry. Winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award, Carrie Oeding's OUR LIST OF SOLUTIONS, masterfully utilizes voice to create personae of public selves set against a back drop of anxiety and personal longing that the speakers refuse to own up to. These vivid dramatic monologues get at the heart of human vulnerability, but they are anything (and everything) but soft spoken ...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published September 2011 by 42 Miles Press
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Our List of Solutions by Carrie Oeding is a collection of poetry full of longing and insight and barbecues. One thing I noticed is that this collection works as a cohesive book and not merely a random selection of poems by one author. Characters and objects and themes recur throughout the book, filling out the neighborhood feel to the proceedings. There’s Sandy who says “No more!” before being introduced to the concept of Beauty by a neighbor and finally closing the book with her own list of sol ...more
I've begun to think Carrie Oeding has been out there somewhere in the Midwestern wastelands acting as something of a doppelganger as I've eaten the potluck food and pumped kegs at leaving-this-one-stoplight-town going-away parties, wondering when I'd get around to making it my turn. This is one long way of saying that as I read these poems I found myself often thinking: swell, I'm not the only one -- in a way void of any kind of relief, a way entirely full of loneliness. This paradox often surfa ...more
This is a wonderful collection of poetry with subjects running the gamut from mundane to profound. Ms. Oeding has a fascinating view on the world and I'm thrilled that she shares it with us. This is a book I'll be picking up again and again to re-read and reconnect with her world.
Carrie Oeding's work has appeared widely, including Best New Poets, Colorado Review, Third Coast, DIAGRAM, Mid-American Review, PBS News Hour's Art Beat, and Brevity. Her first book, OUR LIST OF SOLUTIONS, won the Lester M. Wolfson Prize and was published by 42 Miles Press from Indiana University South Bend. She is Visiting Assistant Professor at Marshall University.More about Carrie Oeding...