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This collection of poems circles around and around the place of the individual in relation to others. Using prose poems to suggest narrative logic, THE ORPHAN AND ITS RELATIONS "bridges," as Robert Creeley said of Robinson's work, "between the physically given world and that other we gloss with words, yet apprehend insistently as the defining presence of our lives themselv ...more
Paperback, 101 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Fence Books
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Joe Amato
Full disclosure: Elizabeth and I bonded initially over shared academic strife. Over time she's become one of the reasons Kass (Fleisher) and I look forward to our summer sojourns in Boulder.

The Orphan & Its Relations would have its readers understand themselves as orphaned -- which most of us become, in a sense, past a certain point in our lives -- hence as those whose "relation" to the bereft, with which adjectival noun one might well find oneself in emotional proximity, necessarily predica
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Matthew
How do I write about Elizabeth Robinson’s poems? As with Alice Notley’s recent books, I have hidden my partial and insubstantial thoughts in notebooks for an imagined future essay. The magnitude of my gratitude prevents me from writing a small laughable review here, even a lyrical send up. I read Robinson’s books over and over to inexhaustable pleasure and discovery. Her words present intense musical and metaphysical systems. Each book varies in style and approach but never in vision. I’m endles ...more
Jamie Townsend
amazing work again from Elza Rob. These prose poems not only breathe, but think as well.
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Elizabeth Robinson was educated at Bard College, Brown University, and Pacific School of Religion. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. With Colleen Lookingbill, she co-edits EtherDome Press. She co-edits Instance Press with Laura Sims and Beth Anderson.
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