CTE BLANCH

Martha Serpas, Author, Harold Bloom, Foreword by . New Issues/Western Michigan Univ. $22 (76p) ISBN 978-1-930974-18-0 ISBN 978-1-930974-17-3

In his foreword, Harold Bloom describes Serpas as "in a highly original way, a Catholic devotional poet from Louisiana [who has] perfected, this, her first book, across fifteen years," and finds that "a double handful of these [40 plus] poems may achieve permanence." Serpas is from Galliano, La., and teaches at the University of Tampa; her speaker is unflinching in looking into the contemporary quandaries facing her faith: "She/ walks to the clinic herself,/ the heel of her palm pressed to her stomach./ Later, she repeats the word,/ fetus, a chant, a vein,/ another part that cannot be saved."

Reviewed on: 03/18/2002
Release date: 02/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 76 pages - 978-1-930974-17-3
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