On the Edge by Alison Carb Sussman



On the Edge is an act of resistance and beauty. Leavened by a superb sense of history, Alison Carb Sussman‘s poems possess a richness of humanity and a stark awareness of the tides of terror and suffering”—

–Major Jackson, author of Holding Company and Hoops, both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry


“With both a Jewish sensibility and a new-century American paranoia, Sussman’s poems create an atmosphere of sustained tension while exploring the dangers of love, lust, memory, and a growing awareness of mortality. I found myself haunted by these unsettling, urgent, extraordinary poems. This is an elegantly crafted collection, pulsing with energy and emotion”—

–Eleanor Lerman, author of The Sensual World Re-Emerges, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and NEA Poetry Fellowship recipient


“Sussman’s wide-ranging poems display exquisite sensitivity. This is a poet who draws on the past, testifying to its emotional power and authority: ‘I want the bones of those gone/to tell mine/how to live in this world.’ This is a poet who also draws on the present, on intimate relationships, to explore emotional and spiritual connections. Memory, emotion and imagination all share equal authority in Sussman’s passionate poems”—

–Lisa Bellamy, author of Nectar, winner of the 2011 Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest

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On the Edge

by Alison Carb Sussman

$12, paper

Alison Carb Sussman is a poet, and former freelance journalist. Her poems have appeared in several anthologies as well as in numerous journals. One of her poems was part of an art installation shown at The Battery’s “Gardens of Remembrance” in Manhattan in August, 2011. Two of her poems won awards from the journal Amelia in 1984 and 1986. Her poetry has been published in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Willows Wept Review, CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Drash: Northwest Mosaic, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Hazmat Review, Eclipse, and Slipstream. She has been a contributing editor to Contemporary Black Biography, a Gale reference book, an editorial researcher for magazines, including Vogue and Vanity Fair, and a copy editor for scientific and medical journals. She has written book reviews for The New York Times, and interview/profiles. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]


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