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Winner of the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Ellen Bass, Judge

“A compelling book about origins―of ancestry, memory, and language”―Ellen Bass

The Many Names for Mother is an exploration of intergenerational motherhood; its poems reach toward the future even as they reflect on the past. This evocative collection hovers around history, trauma, and absence―from ancestral hi
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Paperback, 104 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by The Kent State University Press
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Ruth
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“‘Everyone is having boys,’ my mother says.
‘That means war is coming.’”

A stunning meditation on motherhood, legacy, and the in-betweenness of first generation immigration.
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This is a gorgeous book. I was perhaps especially drawn to it through my earlier acquaintance with the poet and some of the history that infuses this collection, as presented, for example, in this piece. ...more
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NICE BOOK.
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A stunning book of poetry. I'll come back and work a fuller review soon. For now, it's bedtime... ...more
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Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach came to the United States as a Jewish refugee in 1993, from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and grew up in the DC metro area suburb of Rockville, Maryland. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Benjamin Franklin Fellow in the University of Pennsylvania's Comparative Literature Ph.D. program. Her research focuses on the lyric rendering of trauma in cont ...more

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