Alarie Tennille

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Alarie Tennille was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia with a genius older brother destined for NASA, a ghost, and a yard full of cats. A Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated from the University of Virginia in the first class that admitted women (B.A. with distinction in English). She met her husband, graphic artist Chris Purcell, in college. She still misses the ocean, but loves the writing community she’s found in Kansas City.

After a career ranging from technical editor to greeting card writer, Alarie is retired and has more time to focus on her poetry writing. She serves on the Emeritus Board of The Writers Place.

Alarie's latest poetry collection, Waking on the Moon, was published by Kelsay Books in April 2017. Her previous book,
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Running Counterclockwise

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Waking on the Moon

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Spiraling into Control

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That's What Grandmas Do!

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Who's Talking?

Sometimes a poem says "I," but it isn't the voice of the poet. For Alarie, "I" might be a toaster, pencil, seagull, or Polish woman waking in the morgue. Check out her blog for a discussion of persona poems.

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Moving On (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 13, 2019 11:48AM
Description: Alarie's memory of Mr. Selby, the ghost who lingered in her childhood home. Thanks to Deep South Magazine,
What Shudders and Shakes (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 19, 2018 02:15PM
Description: A review of Michelle Menting's poetry collection, <i>Leaves Surface Like Skin</i>
Waking on the Moon (Poetry)
0 chapters   —   updated Apr 26, 2017 11:42PM
Description: I'm excited to announce the release of my latest poetry collection from Kelsay Books: https://www.amazon.com/Waking-Moon-Alarie-Tennille/dp/1945752769/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493270796&sr=1-3&keywords=alarie+tennille
"Two Women" by Alarie Tennille (Poetry)
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Description: Ekphrastic (written to art) Poem
The Quilters of Gee’s Bend (Select)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 08, 2015 10:46AM
Description: Winner of the December 2015 Goodreads Poetry Contest!
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The Dying of the Light by Robert Goolrick
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Too-too for me. Over-the-top with extremes of violence, sex, abuse, wealth, etc., as though Goolrick were checking off a list for pop fiction. A cover blurb calls it “a brilliant mash-up of all the old greats, Faulkner ad Fitzgerald and D. H. Lawrenc ...more
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Why We Dream by Alice Robb
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I read mostly literature, having little patience for the writing style of most nonfiction authors, but I was amazed by this book. I’ve always been fascinated with dreams. Like my mother and grandmother, I often have quite colorful dreams along with s ...more
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The Art of Voice by Tony Hoagland
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The Art of Voice by Tony Hoagland
"I'm not sure if this book is short (168 pp.) by intent or by dint of its author's death while in progress. In any event, the poet Kay Cosgrove worked with Hoagland and, no doubt, after his death, to see the essays to fruition.

What's encouraging ab..." Read more of this review »
The Moon Is Always Female by Marge Piercy
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Made in Detroit by Marge Piercy
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Big Cabin by Ron Padgett
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Short poems, accessible, slice of life, mostly concerned with small moments and observations from a mountain cabin – I expected to love this book, but it was not my cup of tea, even though Padgett did serve some jasmine. However, I did get some hints ...more
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About eighty percent into reading this book I decided to discover if I had made any notes on my kindle. Normally I would know how active I have been, but this title proved to be pretty inconsequential and I..." Read more of this review »
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Alarie Jan wrote: "Thanks for recommending Henri Cole's new book, Alarie -- I've put it on my to-read list!"

It's always gratifying to hear that. My husband decided he wants to read it after hearing me rave, too.


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Jan Thanks for recommending Henri Cole's new book, Alarie -- I've put it on my to-read list!


Alarie Jan wrote: "Thanks so much for the add, Alarie!"

I was actually surprised you weren't already in my contacts, Jan. I wanted to let you know I voted for your poem in the contest. Love it! But I think I said so in IHOP. I don't usually like to say so there for fear there's another member in the grouping that I didn't notice.

We have some pretty good overlap in reading tastes, so I'm sure I'll get some ideas from you.


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Jan Thanks so much for the add, Alarie!


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