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Published: Feb 26 2014
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Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina poet laureate and five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of three collections of verse, the children's book Shackles (2009 Silver Medal winner in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards), and Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights (with Juan E. Mendez). She is coeditor with Kwame Dawes of Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green (University of South Carolina Press). Wentworth teaches at the Art Institute of Charleston, and she is the president and cofounder of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts.
"Marjory Wentworth's poems tell us truths, necessary and earned. She gives us elegy and praise song; a kaleidoscope of personal memories; heartbreaking political accounts of what one human will do to another; charming attempts to be 'normal' and 'fold the socks / in neat pairs'; and a brave willingness to risk 'the steeper slope.' All this, with intuitive vision!"—Susan Laughter Meyers, author of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass
"Marjory's poetry weaves a tapestry as lush as Guernica. Her uncompromising resolve, generosity, and common sense course through these lyrical, wind-swept poems. Her voice is soothing and prophetic, spanning human and natural histories. Personal and political become one, whether in barren dunes where children unearth manacles, in cancer wards, through childhood memories and tabloid photos, in dreams that far too often find their fire in an unsettled world that she tries to comprehend and share through song."—William Allen, NEA-winning poet and a United Nations communications specialist
"Marjory Wentworth has mastered the art of the familial. The poems here strike a marvelous balance of history and prescience, in language both powerful and plain. The beauty of this collection is not that we are reacquainted with her colorful verse, or that we discover the newer treasures, rather that she has kindly offered us the best of both, painting our troubling and pleasant world like only a brilliant woman-poet full of life could."—Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover: A Novel in Verse
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