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Any Other Branch
February 2013


Elemental

Ivy Page

ISBN: 978-1-910669-26-6

Page Count: 68

Publication Date: Monday, March 21, 2016

Cover Artwork: Patience Page


About this Book

Ivy Page’s second collection  of poetry breathes, expands, and leaves ripples in its wake as it pulls the reader through the elements that bring about change. Each of the elements are present, but in a way that embraces the possibility of moving forward, of rebirth and  redefining self. By referring to the elements of self, the greater world and nature, the poems are meant to pull the reader into these transitions with the speaker.


“Ivy Page’s Elemental is an alchemical narrative.  As a hermetic text, it operates in the liminal space of ‘strange symbols, written / as a secret code’ which the poet uses to hunt down the histories of the different versions of her selves, her imagined terrors that sometimes get the best of her, the aftershock of a lover’s tectonic moods. ‘Language has become luggage,’ she writes. The poems are esoteric explorations in the relationship between symbols and certainty. There is wisdom here. And beauty. And pain.” 
Jill Alexander Essbaum
Author of Hausfrau (Random House, 2015) and Necropolis (NeoNuma Arts, 2008)


“In Ivy Page’s second book, time is like skin. Bodies are mapped out. Moods melt like ice. Page’s poems are peopled with ghosts of fragility and chronic illness. Elemental is a striking collection of transformation, of connections and failures, of futility marked by continued hope.” 
Jennifer Militello
Author of Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013)


Author Biography

Ivy Page has taught all over the state of New Hampshire as a Professor of English; after receiving her MFA in Poetry, she started Organs of Vision and Speech Magazine, a poetry and art journal in 2009; and her first book of poetry Any Other Branch was published by Salmon in 2013. In 2014 she completed The Creative Writing Workshop: A Guidebook for the Creative Writer with Lisa Sisler, a textbook that continues to meet with much success in college classrooms.  She has individual poems and interviews in a number of journals. She was honored to be nominated for the position of New Hampshire Poet Laureate in 2014.


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