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Separate Flights by Patricia Hooper
"Patricia Hooper's poems sneak up on the reader and stun. I am always amazed at how quietly she moves through natural and domestic landscapes, noticing everything, bringing whatever is small and beautiful into exquisite focus, and then moves straight to the heart. I read and re-read her, and I recommend her poems to everyone I know."
"In this new prize-winning collection, Patricia Hooper continues to write magnificent poems—quiet poems, stealthy poems, poems of shimmering insight and intelligence."
—Dannye Romine Powell, Charlotte Observer, "Reading Matters"
"I'm taken by how lightly (but effectively) Ms. Hooper's poems wear their Big Ideas: beauty versus devastation, and the effects of context and perspective upon that battle. Ideas aside, it's a small pleasure to hear the music of her language. One obvious example, in her prize-winning poem 'The View from There,' would be the track of 'fall' and 'all' and 'skull' and 'beautiful' in the final stanza, but deft examples of lovely sound and rhythm occur throughout this beautiful collection."
Separate Flights is Patricia Hooper's fourth book of poetry. In announcing the Anita Claire Sharf Award, editor Richard Mathews wrote, "Patricia Hooper's collection quite literally lifts off. This brilliant and lyrical manuscript uses metaphors of flight—including birds, planes, and art—to explore and express the larger vision. . .(It) is musical and powerful in its impact—virtually symphonic in its shape and scope."
Patricia Hooper is the author of four books of poetry and four children's books. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, and many other magazines. Her work has been awarded the Norma Farber First Book Award of the Poetry Society of America, The Laurence Goldstein Award for Poetry from Michigan Quarterly Review, The Bluestem Award for Poetry, a Writer's Community Residency Award from the Writer's Voice, and the Anita Claire Sharf Award from the University of Tampa Press. She lives in Gastonia.