Poetry by Amy Ash. Winner of the 2013 Cider Press Review Book Award, selected by Charles Harper Webb. “Pain, love, regret, joy, longing, loss, humor, and an earthy sexuality all find memorable expression in these poems.
Ash has a gift for reversing reader expectations in illuminating ways, as well as for coining metaphors that startle with their aptness and their ability to refresh the world. I congratulate Amy Ash on having written this book, and you, reader, for the journey you are about to make.” —Charles Harper Webb, author of What Things Are Made Of and Liver “Amy Ash’s poems combine the plainspoken with the musical, the small revelation with the mystical vision, in ways that make the reader see everything in sharper outlines, in truer depth and strangeness. Here is a poet of both keen wit and humility, who brings the cosmic down to the single voice for us. I read and reread these poems, along with single lines from them, with a thrilling sense of what poetry can do when it is in the hands of such a poet. The Open Mouth of the Vase is a beautiful, unforgettable, collection.” —Laura Kasischke, author of The Infinitesimals “Equal parts elegy and celebration, The Open Mouth of the Vase approaches emptiness the same way it approaches bounty: with an infectious reverence for the language of daily living. Precise, clear, and often open-ended, these poems of witness invite us in with their honesty, wisdom, and generosity” —Dorianne Laux, author of What We Carry and The Book of Men “A marvelous dread runs through this book of tight, understated poems. Amy Ash knows that a story glimpsed askance is far more compelling than seen straight on. She shows us mystery and a tinge of violence rooted in ordinary things. In this day and age of poetry pyrotechnics, it’s a pleasure to find someone who dares to insinuate.” —Sarah Gorham, author of Last Call About the Author Amy Ash holds an MFA from New Mexico State University and a PhD from the University of Kansas.
A Pushcart nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, her work has been published in various journals and anthologies, including Mid-American Review, Harpur Palate, Salamander, Prick of the Spindle, and The Best of Kore Press 2012. The Open Mouth of the Vase is her first full-length collection.