Clamor: Poems
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Clamor: Poems

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Poetry. Winner the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. Winner of the 2009 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize Selected by D. A. Powell. Written in part while Fenton's husband was deployed as a medic in Baghdad, CLAMOR loosely follows the narrative arc of weeks breathlessly suspended between imminences: word or silence, return or tragedy, hear...more
Paperback, 77 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Cleveland State University Poetry Center (first published March 31st 2010)
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This collection of poetry was an impressive surprise. I purchased it to support the author, whom I haven't met but who is married to a college classmate of my son's. I am reviewing it, however, because it is remarkable writing and deserves its recent awarding of the prestigious Dylan Thomas prize.

The inspiration for the book is the author's husband's deployment, tenure, and subsequent return from Iraq, and her talent is such that she sweeps us into her vivid imagination as she conjures images of...more
Michelle Tooker
My review from Elevate Difference.

Elyse Fenton’s first book of poems, Clamor, features some of the finest contemporary poetry on war. She captures both the battlefield and the homefront with an unwavering realism. Her imagery is fresh and her language rich.

Fenton opens her book with a definition of the word “clamor” which is quite striking. Laid side-by-side the three definitions—a noisy shouting, insistent public expression, and silence—are not only surp...more
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This book of poems is inspired by the deployment of Fenton’s husband, an army medic, to Iraq. The poems sweep across the experience from different perspectives: her day-to-day life without him, waiting for him to return to her, his tenure and experiences in Iraq imagined by her, the juxtaposition of their experiences, and his eventual return. As individuals, her poems are breathtaking snapshots. As a collection, they have this dramatic and cohesive narrative arc that I usually don’t notice in bo...more
sarah gilbert
I am a devotee of poetry read out loud by its author, and that is how I have fallen in love before, and that is how I fell in love with Elyse Fenton. Surely the pieces I heard, on the BBC, on NPR, on OPB -- when I called and spoke with her and found the discussion just like a poem's first rough draft, quiet and whole without quite saying the things you want to say -- were lovely and wracked with grief and death.

And this is perhaps the thing. The poems are all, all about death, and some of that d...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I read this because it was on the long list for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2010. Phew. These poems are all related to a girl waiting for her love to come home from war, and then about the reality of life when he does (compared to the idealized version of what life will be when he comes home and everything is perfect). Incredibly powerful, very raw, painfully honest. I hope this makes it to the shortlist.
G. Marie
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I haven't read a book of poems in years, but this book was terrific. Who knew that such ancient art form could be used to give voice to emotions surrounding such a contemporary situation. I found myself underlining and starring several of the poems.
Jude Brigley
A worthy winner of the Dylan thomas prize, the poems are searching, relevant and comment on war with compassion and honesty.
Fenton presents war from the prospective of a soldier's wife.
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Elyse Fenton is the author of Clamor (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2010), selected by D.A. Powell as winner of the 2009 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Winner of the 2008 Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod International Literary Journal, her poetry and nonfiction have also appeared in American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, The Massachusetts Review, a...more
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