Complications of the Heart
Poetry
5.5 x 8.5, 40 pp.
Pub Date: 06/02/2003
  paper
Price:        $8.00

978-1-881515-56-2

Published by Texas Review Press
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Winner of the 2002 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize

Complications of the Heart

By Nancy Naomi Carlson

A native New Yorker, NANCY NAOMI CARLSON’s full-length collection of poetry, Kings Highway, won the 1997 Writers’ Publishing House competition. She also was a winner of The Ledge 2002 Poetry Awards competition. Featured on Poetry Daily, her work has also appeared in Poet Lore, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, Texas Review, and elsewhere. She is an editor for Tupelo Press and runs a community writers’ group at Barnes and Noble.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Is Nancy Naomi Carlson a prophetess or goddess? One ponders this question while reading Complications of the Heart. What will encourage the reader to genuflect is the range of her work as well as the mixture of passion and intellect. Carlson’s poems at times can be caught wearing lace. Maybe this is the formalism clinging to the hem of her muse. There is balance in this collection because Carlson once wore cigar bands and pop-top rings.” --E. Ethelbert Miller

“Offering up sensuous language which is sometimes memorably formal and always musical, Nancy Naomi Carlson manages an eerie, provocative blend of poems about the different bodies of love a woman may inhabit. When she writes in ‘Sari-Covered Nights’ that ‘My five mouths roll their uvulas, / guttural as high winds crossing desert dunes,’ she speaks not only of the multiple lives we must recognize in ourselves, but also of the poet’s need and obligation to render many possibilities at once.” --Stephen Corey

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