The Mathematics of Disengagement

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Post Traumatic Press, Mar 1, 2016 - 78 pages
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"For those of us privileged to know her, Susan Hoover's poems are a reflection of the woman herself. Intelligent, highly charged, funny, understated, passionate, proud, self-effacing, daring, joyful, logical, and heartrending. Don't enter these poems lightly; they won't forgive even a flicker of inattention. Hoover is a top shelf poet; do whatever it takes to make room for these gorgeous poems, they reward both heart and head." - Angelo Verga, author of six poetry collections, and curator of Literary Events at the legendary Cornelia Street Café. "At first, one is challenged and moved by her juxtapositions and examinations of language, which are often dazzling, often beautiful - 'no harness strong enough/to hold you in the/blasphemy of/check' or 'lighting the way for all/the fine lines of/exhale.' On almost every page one sees, hears and feels these idiosyncratic, off-kilter pieces...These poems are so strong they hurt."-Jason Shinder, author of three books of poetry and the founder of the YMCA National Writer's Voice."A commanding three-part mathematical poetic masterpiece of intimate musical delicacy with surprising twists that land you in the light of fiction and truth/on rough seas/among swimming words/and the sparkling light of fiction and truth/with the fragility of glass and the charred edges of repercussion/flipping coins with the devil/dodging the wreckage of life/falling axes/and edges/lines/and angles shift and reclaim themselves in the strong shadow of the sun."-Bruce Weber, author of Poetic Justice (Ikon Press)

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Susan Hoover is a poet and teaching artist who has been a featured reader at such venues as The New School, Knitting Factory, and The Cornelia Street Café in New York City. She has also performed regionally at several Woodstock Poetry Festivals, the Colony Arts Center, and the Woodstock Artists' Association. Susan was a member of All Right! Girls, a poetry performance group with Nancy Rullo and Janice King. Her poems have been published in Isinglass Review, Cold Mountain Review, Cover Arts New York, University of Colorado Literary Magazine, EPT, Dark Thirty, Home Planet News, Chronogram and Granite. Her books include The Magnet and The Target (The New School Chapbook Series, 1995) and Taxi Dancer (Exotic Beauties Press, 1979), and has been anthologized in lifeblood: woodstock society (Chickaree Press, 2011) and As If the World Had Not Known Sorrow (The Poets Press, 1986). A singer-songwriter and guitarist, she taught guitar at Mannes College and the Guitar Study Center in New York City. Born in Montreal, Susan grew up in Williamstown, MA, and lived for many years in New York's West Village. She now resides with her two cats, James Joyce and Tiger Magritte, in Woodstock, New York.

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