Distance Learning

"These are wry, always engaging, and quietly compassionate poems which ground themselves in the essential surreality of American life -- its eerily pristine suburban lawns, its disheveled rites of passage, its 'UFOologists' and wacky roadside attractions. It's a landscape we may all know, but Sorby's flair and command of particulars make us see it anew--and in all of its bittersweet complexity. Sorby is a sly and graceful poet, and Distance Learning is a book of unusual promise." -David Wojahn

"Esbjerg harbor barges, Prince DK tobacco, orris root, oil of lemon, Topsy the Coney Island elephant electrocuted in 1903, ash cakes, barnacle knuckles, Corey's Slug and Snail Death -- Angela Sorby's poetry loves a feel of dense pungent facticity and finds anxiety there in the way Robert Lowell's poetry does." -Mark Halliday

"Angela Sorby is, in many respects, like a Sufi dancer who stops just long enough to send back news from her brilliant spiralings into the heart of things. Where you start in a Sorby poem is not where you end up, though everything connects. It's as if you've been shown how to reconcile San Francisco with Boston by unexpected meditations on a Midwestern prairie. You can get here from there but when you arrive, everything is changed." -from the foreword by Mekeel McBride

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