Basic Heart


978-1-933896-28-1 Paperback
5.5 x 8.5 x 0 in
80 pp.
Pub Date: 07/01/2009


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Winner of the 2008 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize
 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."


Published by Texas Review Press