Reviews, Links, and Interviews
The San Francisco Chronicle, Review by Diana Whitney
The New Yorker "Books We Love 2016" http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-books-we-loved-in-2016
Verse, Review by Nancy Mitchell, http://versemag.blogspot.com/2017/01/
The Florida Review, Review by Dana Roeser, https://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu/article/the-double-under-the-bed/
Poetry Northwest, Review by Kary Wayson. http://www.poetrynw.org/elizabeth-powells-willy-lomans-reckless-daughter/
Sugarhouse Review, Review by Jamie Wendt, https://sugarhousereviews.blogspot.com/2017_02_01_archive.html
Vermont Public Radio Interview with Elizabeth Powell about Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-poet-elizabeth-powell-explores-death-salesman-feminist-perspective#stream/0
Review in Washington Independent Review of Books by Grace Cavalieri: http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/september-2016-exemplars-poet-ry-reviews-by-grace-cavalieri
Review in Ploughshares by Matthew Lippman:
Interview in The Common with S. Tremaine Nelson: http://www.thecommononline.org/features/drama-will-interview-elizabeth-i-powell
The Best American Poetry Blog, Review by Anna Maria Hong
Review in Rain Taxi
Review in Vol.1 Brooklyn, by Tobias Carroll
Accolades as Top Editor, Best American Poetry Blog
Interview with Julianna Baggott on her Blog
Review in The Rusty Toque by Kateri Lanthier
Review in Jet Fuel Review by Steven Seum http://www.jetfuelreview.com/elizabeth-a-i-powells-willy-lomans-reckless-daughter.html
Review in VT Seven Days
Interview in The Book Jam
Article in The Vermont Cynic
Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances
"Elizabeth Powell’s theatrical book of poems plays out against the backdrop of Arthur Miller’s signature play, which is at once a guidepost and a foil for this drama of the self, this poetic meditation on the intermixed American family. Powell’s self-correcting poems are smart and high-spirited, vacillating wildly between feelings, between lyric and prose, moving in a short space from high comedy to dark grief. I can’t think of another book of poems that is quite like Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter, which keeps bravely crossing “the line no one wants to write or live.”"
"Rarely in American poetry do we see the psyche turned loose with the kind of unrestrained wildness in Liz Powell's new collection Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter. In a textual mixture of memoir, mythology, lyric poetry, andpostmodern interrogations, Powell makes aflying leap into the theatrical realities of her family history and her own identity. The background of this ambitious poem is America.
Powell's often brilliant dislocations and ventriloquisms have a mad velocity, abundant creative cunning, and aspire to a compassionate vision of all the characters in the theatrical chaos of one family's life. Or as she says, with a characteristic panopticon-style logic: "The whole of America is a poem on how to read Death of a Salesman." This is a wild, entertaining and ambitious book.:
"Put Liz Powell’s book on your must list. It’s smart, bountiful word-luscious poems explore the fractious connections between daughters and parents, and men and women, and actors and audience, with a daredevil’s brio and a philosopher’s introspection; and the ambitious long poem that revisits/extends/unpacks “Death of a Salesman” is surely one of the finer pieces to come from Powell’s generation of poets. It’s a book to not just read, but to live in for a while."
"These poems are pure METHOD, pure MADNESS: i.e. truth uncoupled from truth's invarience, self-evidence, and relativity. Powell is daughter, mother, and x-wife, and the f-ing man: Miller and Miesner and Baron and Strasberg (and Strasberg) and Stanislavski and Diderot and Duse and Boleskavsky and Adler and Rowlands and, yeah, a little Loman, too."
-Olena Kalytiak Davis
"Whether constructing a metaphysical set design or deconstructing the human body into a question mark, Elizabeth Powell is an alchemist of letters. This book is a reminder of how many forms the poem can take--not only textually, but in the mind, the physical body and the spirit."
"Elizabeth Powell brilliantly mines the psychodynamics of family life in WILLY LOMAN’S RECKLESS DAUGHTER. These ambitious and deeply felt poems cohere through Powell’s innovative adaptation of that mythic American narrative, Death of a Salesman. Powell’s gift for strange and stunning turns of phrase and unexpected off-rhymes energizes the collection, and the recurring themes and motifs enhance its cumulative power."
WILLY LOMAN'S RECKLESS DAUGHTER
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