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Conversations with a Dead Lover by Maryrose Carroll
Finishing Line Press
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"The poems in Conversations with a Dead Lover, by Maryrose Carroll, are beautifully contemplative, yet deeply visceral. Addressed often directly, often peripherally, to her husband, the great American poet and editor, Paul Carroll, they take head-on the conundrum of love in its myriad guises. This is a book of breathtaking candor, the poet’s seemingly limitless threshold for apprehending a love intensely physical, but also mystical, of another plane, of nuanced touch and texture, a love that accrues only by abiding the earth’s lore and orbit, yet reckons that unseen world beyond our ken. Carroll’s language – at once stunningly plain and otherworldly as the bluest cloudless sky – '[joins] all [her] kin / whether dressed in silk or tatters.'”
—Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-14)
Maryrose Carroll was, and is, a clearly defined presence of her own, “a figure of central interest and importance in the great efflorescence of American sculpture,” as one of her bios states. Her massive public sculptures tower in North Carolina cities like Charlotte, Hickory, and Fayetteville. They are also in Illinois and California, in museums in Chicago and Springfield, in Hartford and Dayton. She has taught at Northwestern University and Appalachian State University. Her first book was a collection of her photographs with verse by Lewis Carroll, titled Alice's Book. Images from Alice's Book and her sculpture can be seen at www.Saatchiart.com. She is also the author of Beats Me, a memoir about her husband, the late poet Paul Carroll.