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A Talent for Sadness by Jendi Reiter

A Talent for Sadness is Jendi Reiter’s first collection. This collection is a hard look at the demands and challenges of love. The poems tell their difficult tales with a stunning lyric skill. Reiter's poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry 1990, The New Criterion, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her work was a finalist for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award before being selected by Turning Point.

Samples of Jendi Reiter's poetry

Jendi Reiter's website

Jendi Reiter is the vice president of WinningWriters.com, which publishes Poetry Contest Insider, a quarterly online guide to over 400 U.S. and international poetry contests. In addition to being the editor of Poetry Contest Insider, she judges the two annual Winning Writers poetry contests.

Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 1990, and in many journals including Poetry, The New Criterion, Southern Poetry Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Pavement Saw, Hanging Loose, First Things, The Lyric, The Christian Century, The Saint Ann’s Review, Cider Press Review, A New Song, U.S. Catholic, The Rose & Thorn, About Such Things, Grasslands Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and Clackamas Literary Review.

She has won two awards for her poetry from the Poetry Society of America, as well as the 2002 Mildred Werba Prize from the Baltimore Writers’ Alliance.

Praise for Jendi Reiter's Work

"Jendi Reiter’s poems are smart about nature and humanity. In one deft move wet leaves are said to hang heavily on their branches 'the way a lazy hand hangs over the edge of the bed.' Reiter's poetry is full of such observations and are alive with curiosity about experience and ideas. There's a lot of trouble here too, a 'bound bride,' a 'woman left on the ground,' a diver who goes so far down he can breathe again. Human life is hard here, but the poems always find relief in the return to the natural world and to the world of thought. I look forward to seeing what Reiter will do next!"--Jennifer Michael Hecht

"Jendi Reiter has a sharpened sense of image which, if perceived as a coffee filter, holds a strong uncommon grind of realism inside and jacks up the reader with each distilled page of finished product."--David Baratie

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