NC Literary Hall of Fame



Take Nothing by Deborah Pope

Carnegie Mellon University Press
$15.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-887486562
February, 2020
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"These are poems embedded in connections to family and landscape, to memory and possibility. They especially explore and distill those indelible, sometimes small, moments that cumulatively shape the arc of a life. These can be as surprising as the visitation of a hawk and as significant as the death of a parent. In a voice that ranges from the wry to the revelatory, from mourning to celebration, these poems speak with lyrical precision and deep experience." 
—Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet, author of How to Love a Country

From the closing of an old Howard Johnson's to the Perseid meteor shower to an eighth-century monk, Deborah Pope's range is as a remarkable as her poems. This collection embraces the complexity of her relationships and connections to a multitude of things: nature, faith, family, love, and more. Her language is at once direct and evocative, perfectly striking the difficult balance between simple, plain honesty and the verve and passion that comes from the voice of a life that is fully aware of its truth and contradiction, clarity and doubt, mortal bounds and limitless imagination.

Deborah Pope is the author of three previous poetry collections. In 2018, she received the Robinson Jeffers Award. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Threepenny Review, Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, as well as numerous other literary journals.

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