Basic Heart
5.5 x 8.5, 80 pp.
Pub Date: 07/01/2009
Price:        $14.95


Published by Texas Review Press

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Winner of the 2008 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize

Basic Heart

By Renee Ashley

 Basic Heart is a primer on the emotional topography of the human heart, its complexities and fluctuations, its nuances and metaphors. From tropes grounded in the fantastic landscapes of awareness, of desire and despair, Ashley draws us a map of a world and shows us just how that "world is turned like a pig on a spit." She brings us back to the recognition that we are all ordinary, that sometimes we need saving, and that "what is saved just might turn beautiful."


RENÉE ASHLEY is the author of three volumes of poetry as well as a chapbook and a novel. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts as well as a Pushcart Prize. She is on the core faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s low-residency Master’s of Fine Arts in the creative writing program. She lives in Kingwood, New Jersey.

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