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In these idiosyncratic, subtly rhymed and occasionally violent lyrics, Frost runs her tongue along the edge of the knife dividing wit from rage.
This book includes poems culled from Frost's five published volumes, An Inhuman Rival, The Choice, An Imagined Experience over the Entrance, I Gathered My Ear from the Green Field, and A Yelp in the Ideal, as well as some uncollected work.
Celestine Frost was born in 1935 and grew up on an island in South Carolina. In the 1970s and '80s she gave frequent public readings in small noisy bars. Though she has lived in Manhattan for most of her adult life, she has never failed to spend the two hottest months of the year at her home on James Island.
Praise for Celestine Frost
"This is feisty, apt writing with an appetite one very much respects. No world is ever there unless it's come into. Here's a way in!" — Robert Creeley
"Celestine Frost's poems have the delicate touch that the surest poets command. Here is music that can devise with fire and grace. " — Ed Foster, editor, Talisman
"A brilliant song, a celebration of life connecting us to the universe. Frost experiments with language and form, creating a unique rhythm and vision—playful, profound. " — Marcia Arrieta, editor, Indefinite Space