The Sounding Machine Patty Paine

ISBN: 9781936628117

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The Sounding Machine  by  Patty Paine

The Sounding Machine by Patty Paine
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Winner of the 2011 Accents Publishing International Poetry Book Contest, The Sounding Machine is an exquisite collection of poetry that interrogates memory, culture and loss with courage and compassion. The poems are powerful and urgent andMoreWinner of the 2011 Accents Publishing International Poetry Book Contest, The Sounding Machine is an exquisite collection of poetry that interrogates memory, culture and loss with courage and compassion.

The poems are powerful and urgent and ultimately, with great empathy, they offer solace and the possibility of wringing beauty from ruin. Judge Lisa Williams, who selected the manuscript, provides a perceptive foreword as an entry into the book.What Others Say About The Sounding MachinePatty Paine writes with a humanity and compassion that makes history personal, that forgives even as it indicts, that burns with a truth learned from hard places.

Deeply revealing and poignant, this new collection marks a strong voice.—Chris AbaniWith intelligence and an awareness of the limits and possibility of metaphor, Patty Paine explores the fierce unclasping and clasping of memory as she writes of family, history, and our bonds to the world. In The Sounding Machine, she works into the complicated, messy, hearts of situations, not shying away from multiple perspectives- in one poem the devoured prey says of the predator: It was my blood ...

muscle and sinew / warming his gut. One believes these strong forays.—Talvikki AnselWe all recall Frosts definition of poetry as the clear expression of mixed feelings. Yet if we think for a moment about this observation, we cant help but be fearful—Frost asks that we hold ourselves to an almost impossible standard. Can we ever really contend with the fraught ambivalence that prompts good poetry? Patty Paine has pondered this question long and hard, and addressed it with spare, tough-minded but exquisitely modulated lyrics. Dualities and uneasy mixtures abound in her poems—Eros and Thanatos- an Asian ancestry and a North American one- the yearning for beauty and a similarly powerful yearning for a hard-bitten realism.

Yet with both emotional complexity and a finely honed mastery of technique, Paine unflinchingly reckons with these issues, and does so with honesty and courage. The Sounding Machine is a stunning first collection.—David Wojahn



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