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On the Desire to Levitate: Poems
by Alison Powell
Ohio University Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4491-7 | Paper: 978-0-8214-2098-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3616.O8796A6 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
On the Desire to Levitate is the first collection of poems by Alison Powell. This striking collection includes vivid, unflinching meditations on aging, mythology, poetry, and family. In tight, elegant lines that alternate between homage and elegy, these poems explore known subjects with a rebellious eye: a defeated Hercules and a bitter Eurydice, a sympathetic Lucifer, and generations of adolescent girls as mythical adventurers moving within a beloved but confining Midwest. Yet in Powell's skillful hands, hardship never overtakes: as judge Charles Hood writes, “There's often a delicious humor in this work, and always a deep and lasting integrity.”

Winner of the 2013 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

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