Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Jennifer Denrow's "California" is a Notable Book of 2011 from the Academy of American Poets
Jennifer Denrow's book California (A Four Way Books publication), has been chosen by The Academy of American Poets as a Notable Book of 2011. Congratulations, Jennifer!
"The narrators in this collection range from a woman fixated on California as a mythical promised land, to a ventriloquist and his dummy. Zachary Schomburg writes, "In Jennifer Denrow's "California", California doesn't exist, so it devastates us." Indeed there is an awareness of the "real," but the speaker in these poems upholds imagination even when her dreams seem futile. In "California" Denrow writes, "I need to arrive at something." Later in the poem, she notes, "If California didn't exist, I'd still want to go there."