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Poems from Except for One Obscene Brushstroke

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Except for One Obscene Brushstroke appears with the permission of Carnegie Mellon University Press
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Except for One Obscene Brushstroke


A Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series Selection



By Dzvinia Orlowsky


Comment on Except for One Obscene Brushstoke:

A candid and uncompromising voice—Dzvinia Orlowsky's poems unearth powerful secrets with lucid observation and biting tenderness. —Maria Flook

Dzvinia Orlowsky's new poems unabashedly carnal and spiritual, bring me face to face with the human struggle to befriend the strangeness of being here. In reading this book I had the most vivid sensation that I was being allowed to look inside a woman's head and soul in a way I don't think I have ever experienced.—Franz Wright

Weeks after I'd first read Dzvinia Orlowsky's Except for One Obscene Brushstroke, images from several of the poems would stop me in parking lots, give me pause in the supermarket. That's the bittersweet power of Ms. Orlowsky's fearsome gift of clarity—the words sink deep and then haunt. —Dennis Lehane

Brilliant, erotic— nobody gives it to us with quite the direct bravery of Dzvinia Orlowsky. The energy in these poems is irrepressible, irresistible. Poem after poem gives the reader more life. And there is a powerful music working through these tender vicious poems.—Stephen Berg

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Dzvinia Orlowsky is a founding editor of Four Way Books, a contributing editor to Agni and the Marlboro Review and currently teaches poetry at the Stonecoast MFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine. She lives on the South Shore in Massachusetts with her husband, Jay, and their two children.

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Except for One Obscene Brushstroke A Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series Selection
0-88748-387-9
72 pages
paper $12.95

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