Poetry by Carol Quinn. Winner of the 2008 Cider Press Review Book Award, selected by the Dorothy Barresi.
“The voice that calls over time distinguishes this shining debut book of poems, ACETYLENE. Moving through centuries, through other languages, through myths and stories, Carol Quinn’s work gathers emotions and events that call to the reader, making us aware of how difficult is it to connect, and how necessary. The poems carry a quiet charge that releases over their entire span”—Molly Peacock.
The poems in Acetylene are full of love s bruised beauty, of history s shifting, calamitous authority, and of the dazzlingly fresh effect of revealed truth. The long sequence Soliloquies at the Outer Banks, about the lost colony of Roanoke, is worth the price of admission alone. At every turn Carol Quinn s debut burns brightly, though this fuse may weld or wed, / cut or cauterize, as it dissolves / what was. –Dorothy Barresi, Poet and Author
Carol Quinn received her doctorate from the University of Houston in 2005, where she received C. Glenn Cambor and Donald Barthelme Fellowships in Creative Writing. She also holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Southern California. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Colorado Review, The American Literary Review, The National Poetry Review, The Emily Dickinson Journal, The American Book Review, The Missouri Review and elsewhere. ACETYLENE is Carol Quinn’s first book of poems.