dirt-root-silk_cover-front_finalPoems by Susan Azar Porterfield

Winner of the 2015 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize Book Award

“The poems in Susan Azar Porterfield’s Dirt, Root, Silk dig deeply and with precision into the hidden layers of human relationships.  Whether the geography is her own mind and body, her back yard, the endless cornfields of the Midwest, or the world at large, the poems are a discovery of both the strengths and fragility of the human condition.”

— James Ballowe, Distinguished Professor of English
Emeritus, Bradley University, author and editor.

“In Dirt, Root, Silk, poems create enchanted spaces rich in memory and imagination. Susan Azar Porterfield’s keen eye approaches reality slantwise, capturing details under a magnifying lens, and endowing domestic scenes with universal dimension. A subtle complexity of emotion arises from the convergence of multiple planes of consciousness, artfully opening doors to deeper meanings. These poems are multifaceted gems calling to be revisited with renewed pleasure and awe.”

— Hedy Habra, author of Tea in Heliopolis and Under Brushstrokes

“In these satisfyingly unpredictable and inviting poems, Susan Azar Porterfield writes to unmask complexities, all the while acknowledging that her task is itself complex: ‘this way of seeing / is also road / as well as door that leads / to another door or another way / of seeing.’ It’s as though the world were filled with oxymoronic truths that are at once both terrifying and magnificent. And isn’t it? Nothing is not in transition, these poems say in myriad ways — what closes does not fully close, and even absence has presence. The riches in Dirt, Root, Silk are manifold.”

— Andrea Hollander


Publisher: Cider Press Review
Publication Date: August, 2016
66 pages $15.00 Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-930781-22-1
Available: Cider Press Review and select bookstores

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