A Phone Call to the Future
New and Selected Poems
By Mary Jo Salter
(Knopf, Paperback, 9780375711565, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 15, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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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.
Mary Jo Salter is the author of five previous books of poetry and a children’s book, The Moon Comes Home. She is a professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. She divides her time between Amherst, Massachusetts, and Baltimore.
“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