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Book Title: Strings Attached|
The author of the book: Diane Decillis
Date of issue: May 1st 2014
ISBN 13: 9780814340134
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.98 MB
Edition: Wayne State University Press
Read full description of the books Strings Attached:Poems that consider threads of emotional attachment and separation against a backdrop of art, food, and Lebanese culture.
In Strings Attached, poet Diane DeCillis takes inspiration from the story of the elephant calf with a thin rope tied to its leg. Even when it grows into a massive animal, the elephant thinks the same string still restrains it and never attempts to break free. This powerful, funny, and sometimes self-deprecating collection considers all the ways that strings bind us in relationships and explores their constant tightening and loosening. Although we may never sever the strings attached to our wounds, DeCillis shows that when given enough slack we can create the illusion of having been set free.
The poems in Strings Attached consider tension in a variety of relationships. The short string of an American girl raised in Detroit by a resentful Lebanese grandmother whose culture values boys over girls. The attachment to a strong mother who exemplifies feminism but who is mostly absent in order to support the family. The cosmopolitan father who abandons but captivates, and the strings of relationships with older men, built on longing for the missing father. The long strings of a secret life that teach you to be distant. The strings that cuff you to your home, and the triumph of loosening them after years of agoraphobia. The frayed strings that come from being too American in a Lebanese culture. The strings of food and tradition that connect to family and friends.
DeCillis's verse reflects an insistent search for identity and the happy discovery that outsider status can be a good thing, a kind of earned badge that provides new ways of seeing. All poetry readers will relate to the personal and perceptive verse of this debut collection.
Read information about the authorAfter closing her award-winning gallery of thirty-three years, Detroit native Diane DeCillis found herself knee-deep in her second career as an author. Before she could blink, her premier poetry collection, Strings Attached, was named a 2015 Michigan Notable Book. It is also the winner of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Poetry, as well as a finalist for the Indie Fab Award for Poetry. Even the cover design for Strings Attached has been recognized as one of the very best at the 2015 Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Book, Jacket and Journal Show.
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