Zero Degrees by Helen Marie Casey



These days, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by stories of violence and terror occurring all over the globe, to feel powerless, or worse hopeless, in the face of hatred. Poetry can be an escape for sure, or place of solitude, but it’s rare to find poems that go beyond providing a haven, poems that seek to conquer terror with clarity, detail, and beauty. Page by page, the poems in Helen Marie Casey‘s Zero Degrees offer such resistance to the violent tragedies infecting our world. Casey’s lines give necessary voice to victims of terror, foreign and domestic, male and female, young and old. Her poems pay tribute and empower through memory those whose lives are often avalanched under the news cycle as it rolls on.

 –Jack B. Bedell, author of Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems


A necessary collection, Helen Marie Casey’s relentless, wrenching, unflinching poems of witness to 21st century acts of terrorism, poems that lead us, too, to say Je suis Charlie and to call kidnapped Nigerian girls our girls, but a collection that in the end leaves us without words except for these here in Zero Degrees.

–Moira Linehan, author of If No Moon and Incarnate Grace




Zero Degrees

by Helen Marie Casey

$14.99, paper


Helen Marie Casey‘s chapbooks include Fragrance Upon His Lips, a series of poems about Joan of Arc, and Inconsiderate Madness, a poetry series about Mary Dyer, which was named a Highly Recommended book by Massbooks of the Year/Poetry and a finalist for the 2008 Julia Ward Howe Award of the Boston Authors Club. She has also written a biography, My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer. She won the 14th National Poet Hunt of The MacGuffin, judged by Thomas Lynch, in 2010 and the 2014 Frank O’Hara Prize from the Worcester County Poetry Association. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014 and was named a semifinalist for the 2015 Paumanok Poetry Award.


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