A Phone Call to the Future

A Phone Call to the Future

New and Selected Poems

By Mary Jo Salter

Knopf Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780375711565, 222pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

This "wholly attractive volume" that brings together twenty-five years of "elegantly shaped and voiced creations" (William Pritchard, "The Boston Globe") offers a generous sampling of Mary Jo Salter's five previous award-winning volumes and a collection of superb new poems. A mid-career retrospective of one of the major poets of her generation.

About the Author
Mary Jo Salter (M.A. Cambridge University) is Emily Dickinson Senior Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, where she teaches poetry and poetry-writing. She has published several books of poems, including Henry Purcell in Japan (1985), Unfinished Painting (1989), Sunday Skaters (1994), A Kiss in Space (1999), and, most recently, Open Shutters (2003). A vice president of the Poetry Society of America, she has also served as poetry editor of The New Republic.

Praise For A Phone Call to the Future

“Only a few poets transcend the history of taste to participate in the history of art—and only in a handful of poems. Salter has been struck by lightning more than once.” —James Longenbach, The New York Times Book Review

“Poems that are deeply human, brilliantly realized, and refreshingly perceptive.” —Julie Hale, BookPage