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Kelli Russell Agodon's Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room explores the quest to find a sense of calmness in a chaotic world. The poems in this book build on the struggle of trying to regain a spiritual center in a world filled with gossip columns, bitter tea, and the many worries that can keep one from feeling grounded.
Agodon produces a delicate balance between the seriousness of life and a brilliant sense of playfulness. Words weave in and out of everyday experience and exist, sometimes mischievously, within lines such as, "And by tasting arrows,/an artist grows." Her work contains a metaphysical wit with a skillful use of wordplay and willingness to explore the world around her through the various ways we correspond including letters, postcards, love notes, conversation, song, and prayer.
Kelli Russell Agodon is the author of Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize, Small Knots (2004), and the chapbook, Geography (2003). She lives in the Northwest where she an avid mountain biker and letter writer as well as the editor of Seattle's 28-year-old literary journal, Crab Creek Review. Visit her website at: www.agodon.com.