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Madonna Magdelene, Poems by Kim Garcia
With the sensual lushness of the Song of Solomon, Kim Garcia’s Madonna Magdalene meditates on passion and the bruised heart’s negotiations with love, through the Madonnas and Magdalenes of history and within us. Employing dramatic monologues reminiscent of the Psalms in their yearning humanity, Madonna Magdalene stirs us to consider what bright flowers arise from desire and consent.
“Kim Garcia has a gift for re-creating--rethinking--primary stories. She moves fluently between her own experiences and her interrogation of religious myths. Her inquisitive lyric mode and powerful religious passion have flowered into a startling book of origins, a mature and passionate first book of poems.”--Edward Hirsch
“Kim Garcia has given us a book brimming with wonder, wisdom and searing observation. She has an unerring ear and does not flinch from the big questions. In Kim Garcia’s poetry, the ancient stories are alive, tangible and breathtakingly lush.”--Rachel Kadish, author of From a Sealed Room
“Kim Garcia seduces through the lack of seductiveness. The utmost seriousness of her poetry has a taste of truth--a taste we’ve almost forgotten under the constant shower of irony.”--Adam Zagajewski
Kim Garcia's work has appeared in The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Atlanta Review, Rosebud, Nimrod, Cimarron Review, Mississippi Review, Brightleaf, Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops, Negative Capability, and Lullwater Review, among others. She is the recipient of an AWP Intro Writing Award, a Hambidge Fellowship and an Oregon Individual Artist Grant. A graduate of Reed College, she teaches creative writing at Boston College. She can be reached at www.kim-garcia.com.
ISBN: 1933456434, 88 pages