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Running Like a Woman with Her Hair on Fireby: Martina Newberry
Publication Date: September 2005
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Martina Newberrys Running Like A Woman With Her Hair on Fire explores the coincident power and vulnerability of the human relationship to its surroundings. Here are poems about nurturing and mourning, lovers, children, friends, relativesthe significant minutiae that forms the ordinary world. Those who people these poems are real; they remember, expect, love, hate, cry, laugh, lose, and sometimes win. Not championnot outlawsthey relentlessly pursue meaning and reality against the background of a world that often betrays them. These are stories of common experience. There is humor, impertinence, irony, passion and assurance that comes from a well forged identity and the firm belief that what should happen, will happen. Consistent in tone, precise in language, Martina Newberrys voice introduces private and public thoughts and conversations about things that matter. Without whining, without belligerence, this poetry lives with us rather than outside of us, celebrates our willingness to move on and keep moving on regardless of ease, tragedy or victory.
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