NC Literary Hall of Fame



In the Sunroom with Raymond Carver by Dannye Romine Powell

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-950413-22-5
May, 2020
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"Dannye Powell’s poems are insightful and smart, and her gift for the perfect metaphor continues to feel effortless and natural. She finds humor in some of the bumps life amply provides, so that even poems dealing with difficult moments and tough issues leave the reader feeling uplifted."
—Susan Ludvigson, author of Wave as If You Can See Me

"As always, Dannye Romine Powell's highly individual way of looking at the world yields poems that delight and surprise, never flinching at painful or complicated subjects but continuously revealing strange and unexpected truths. This book is a treasure."
—Patricia Hooper, author of Wild Persistence

"A new collection of poetry by Dannye Romine Powell remains cause for celebration; and her latest, In the Sunroom with Raymond Carver, underscores her abiding reputation as a poet of breathtaking candor and precision, the consummate craftswoman, who painstakingly parses syllables into words as if sifting for gold. These yearning, often prayerful, poems are laced with shimmer, incandescence—sometimes blinding—moments of recognition and epiphany that inform every chiseled line Powell commits to paper. Above all, her work is intricately exacting. She gets things right: the truth, the light, how we say things, how we don’t say things, the nuanced choreography of imperceptibly monumental moments. Yet, make no mistake: the poet desists sentimentality, as she does so fiercely at every turn in this amazingly beautiful and courageous volume. This is a very important book by a very important poet at the summit of her powers."
—Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate and author of The 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Dannye Romine Powell has won fellowships in poetry from the NEA, the NC Arts Council, and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared over the years in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Southern Review, Harvard Review Online, Beloit Journal, 32 Poems, and many others. She is the author of five poetry collections and Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers. For many years, she was the book editor of the Charlotte Observer.

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