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WILLINGLY, by Marc Frazier

They said about Marc Frazier's poetry:

"Frazier illumines the darkest corners of memory, bearing apt witness to remembered experience with uncommon clarity and sureness, each poem a gem cut and polished to a fierce brightness. In poem after poem, he insists on uncovering the radiance buried beneath the questions, with words that live, breathe, and “lean like leaves toward light.” -Angela Narciso Torres, author of Blood Orange, grand prize winner for poetry, Willow Books

"These are poems grounded in a personal narrative yet also stretching the boundaries of that form; they are imbued with a larger awareness of how the “collage longs for the whole picture.” With quiet, lucid observation, deceptive even with their ease and straightforwardness, Frazier’s poems reconsider personal history and the shaping force of recollection. The poems too, after the reader closes the book, will become a thing of memory and like any important memory—potent, deeply embedded, and informing the reader’s now." - Suzanne Parker, author of Viral, Lambda Literary Award Finalist

"A strength of this large-hearted book that insists on the power and efficacy of the tactile is how ably the poet journeys beyond his cogently-rendered Midwestern roots. Frazier’s poems are often rich with striking and dynamic questions and the result is often refreshingly human, urgent, and disarming." - Cyrus Cassells, author of The Gospel of Wild Indigo

"There is a yearning for something more, perhaps only found in the art of poetry. Members of Chicago’s NewTown Writers have been fortunate over the years to travel with Marc as he read his work in our workshops. Now, Marc’s poems will be available to a wider audience, as well they should be—one sure poem after another." - Robert Klein Engler, president NewTown Writers and author

Paperback: 112 pages
Publishing date: January 28, 2018
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1949180522
ISBN-13: 978-1949180527
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)

 

 

Marc Frazier has published poetry in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, Good Men Project, f(r)iction, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Slant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, English Journal, Ascent, BlazeVox, and Poet Lore among many others. Memoir excerpts from his book WITHOUT have been published in Gravel, The Good Men Project, decomP, Autre, Cobalt Magazine, Evening Street Review, and Punctuate. A poetry folio was accepted for the Aeolian Harp Series: anthology of poetry folios Volume Three 2017 (Glass Lyre Press). The poem “What Lies Hidden” was chosen for inclusion in New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press). Marc, the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry, has been featured on Verse Daily and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a “best of the net.” His first book The Way Here and two chapbooks are available on Amazon as well as a second full-length collection titled Each Thing Touches (Glass Lyre Press). The leader of numerous writing workshops in the Chicago area and participant in numerous poetry readings, Marc has had writing residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Ragdale Foundation in addition to publishing poetry book reviews and editing literary publications. A retired teacher who also taught in the education department of a major Chicago university, he has been involved with school improvement efforts as a certified school improvement specialist. Marc, originally from rural northwestern Illinois, resides in Oak Park, Illinois but enjoys spending as much time as possible in the winter near the ocean in South Florida. He serves on the board of NewTown Writers, possibly the longest continual LGBTQ+ writing workshop and publishing venue in the nation which began in the early 1980’s. Marc is active on social media, particularly Facebook. His website is www.marcfrazier.org.

 

 

 

 

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