Review of Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry

Click Here to Read:  Review of Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry edited and with an introduction by Irene Willis in a section entitled A Raw Fist of Roses: Seven Brief Reviews by Dante Di Stefano in The Best American Poetry 2018 edited by series editor David Lehman and guest editor Dana Gioia.  Scroll down to the third book review to see this review.

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Irene Willis to Read at Writers Read

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Writers Read will start up again on March 26th, 5:30 as usual at the usual Lee Library.  Irene Willis will read from her new book then:

Irene Willis is the author of five collections of poetry:  They Tell Me You Danced (University Press of Florida, 1995); At the Fortune Café, winner of the Violet Reed Haas Prize and National Book Award nominee (Snake Nation Press, 2005 ; Those Flames (Bay Oak, 2009);  Reminder (Word Poetry, 2014), and Rehearsal (IPBooks, 2018).  She is also the editor of an anthology, Climate of Opinion: Sigmund  Freud in Poetry ( IPBooks, 2017). Three times nominated for Pushcart Prizes, her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. She has also co-authored several textbooks and children’s books. A longtime educator who has “retired” three times, she has taught at a number of secondary schools and colleges, most recently at Westfield State University and American International College in Massachusetts.  Awards for her poetry include a Distinguished Artist fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; a residency fellowship from the Millay Colony for the Arts, and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Berkshire/Taconic Foundation. She is Poetry Editor of the online publication, International Psychoanalysis, where she has a monthly column, “Poetry Monday.”

Poetry Monday: March 4, 2019

Our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, is on book leave and will be back with a new column in April. I am posting this review of her recently published book, and a poem from it, for you to enjoy.

A Review of REHEARSAL by Irene Willis (IP

The emotional center of Irene Willis’ first-rate book REHEARSAL is a love story. It’s about her husband who died and her courageous recovery of herself. The short poems are in free verse with striking images. My favorite is, fittingly the last, an ironical comment on her end.

But who gets to choose this ordered end
-Maxine Kumin

Trying to will an ordered end
I’m mucking out the garage
where old manuscripts are stored
Continue reading Poetry Monday: March 4, 2019

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