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In works whose subjects range from the religious to the carnal, the whimsical to the foreboding, Jennifer Maier’s debut collection of poems, Dark Alphabet, explores the everyday mysteries of our common experience with humor, lucidity, and an unblinking yet compassionate eye. Whether occasioned by a song overheard on the car radio, a packet of risqué postcards from the 1920 ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 25th 2006 by Southern Illinois University Press
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I heard Garrison Keillor reading one of Maier's poems on "The Writer's Almanac" and immediately fell in love with this writer's work. Tonight, when I finally got the collection, I dipped in and couldn't put it down. So far, every poem is surprising and satisfying.
Jennifer Maier, a fellow SPU professor, has written a lovely and tremendous first book of poetry. Her writing is rich, authentic, and honest, and her poems demonstrate a love of language and reverence for the sacred in the midst of daily life.