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of the 2004 Yellowglen Prize: Transport, Transplant,
Transubstantiation by Marjorie Maddox
Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation is a luminous collection, navigating the human from the body’s blood and muscle to flights of the spirit. In these compelling narratives and taxonomies, Marjorie Maddox accompanies the reader on a harrowing and joyous journey.
Poems by Marjorie Maddox
“This new full-length collection of poetry by Marjorie Maddox is extraordinary. Maddox makes poems that pull the world inside out: the hidden becomes apparent, the spiritual palpable, the heart, that sock stuffed in the chest, gives rise to ‘the architecture of mercy.’ Examining, in a variety of moods, both the dazzling intricacy and the frightening fragility of the human body, Maddox never forgets the heart at the heart of the matter.”—Kelly Cherry
“In poems that survey the ‘body’s landscape,’ then raise their ‘hallelujah torrent’ to celebrate ‘the human beneath,’ Marjorie Maddox allows faith—in language that aspires toward prayer—to balance the sorrow and ‘stubbed joy’ that inform ‘the world we live in/and the world beyond.’ These poems acknowledge the body and its betrayals with clarity, humor, and Whitmanian fervor. This is a book of fierce and eloquent consolations.”—Michael Waters
“Passionate, heartfelt documentaries of a life that is full, and filling, and reaching for true purpose.”—Scott Cairns
Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published Perpendicular As I (1994 Sandstone Book Award), When the Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (2001 Redgreene Press Chapbook Winner), Body Parts (Anamnesis Press, 1999), Ecclesia (Franciscan University Press, 1997), How to Fit God into a Poem (1993 Painted Bride Chapbook Winner), and Nightrider to Edinburgh (1986 Amelia Chapbook Winner), as well as over 270 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies. Her numerous honors include Cornell University’s Chasen Award and Sage Graduate Fellowship in Poetry, the 2000 Paumanok Poetry Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Seattle Review’s Bentley Prize for Poetry, a Breadloaf Scholarship, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a 2003 runner–up for the Brittingham and Pollak Prizes. She is the co–editor of a forthcoming anthology of contemporary poets on Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania State Press), and lives with her husband and two small children in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
ISBN 1932339434, 116 pages, $17.00