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Constituents of Matter

by Anna Leahy

Wick Poetry First Book Series, #13
2007, 88 pp
ISBN 978-0-87338-925-9

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Winner of the 2006 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

“Found in these pages is simple profundity, desire unmitigated, the things we wish for each other, the science of absolutes so easy to understand, and so devastating: these poems put complex moments in such a straightforward context that we grasp not simply the words but the full feeling as something we have felt in some kind of similar vocabulary.”
—Alberto Ríos, Judge

“In Constituents of Matter, Anna Leahy looks hard and long at the ‘solid things’ of the world and discovers that they are both reflected and refracted by time. The matter that constitutes her experience occupies a space that is ‘immense’ with ‘emptiness’ but is also ‘buoyant’ with ‘joy.’ Like the moose she looks at and who catches her looking (‘Moose, Looking’), I find that I’m contained by a ‘large life’ that’s revealed in intervals of repose and stillness.”
—Michael Collier

“That which occupies space; substance; experience; subject of concern, feeling, or action; difficulty; quantity; something set down in writing; from the Latin mater, mother. What matters, ultimately, in Anna Leahy’s crafted cosmology, is that family, lovers, thinkers, and saints shine like stars through each and every one of her intelligent words.”
—Kathy Fagan

An Illinois native, Anna Leahy earned an MFA from the University of Maryland and a PhD from Ohio University. Her poetry has appeared in The Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Journal, Nimrod, and other journals. She is the author of two chapbooks, Turns about a Point and Hagioscope, and the editor of Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project.


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