Eye of Water (Pitt Poetry Series) (Paperback)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822958932, 96pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2005
Winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize
The poems in Eye of Water are derived from the narrator’s experiences in what she calls her “waking.” She traces inspiration to “the beginning of myth, to Eve in the Garden of Eden” and states: “We could spend our lives unraveling the mistake and discover that life was one great big ‘chore,’ and inescapable. And the path is full of missteps and accidents because we cannot (or prefer not to) remember all that got us to that moment. My body seems to be a symptom of the past, so no matter who touches me, all the ghosts are waiting there. The ‘chore’ becomes how to survive despite the flaws of our humanness that makes us brutal at times.”
About the Author
Amber Flora Thomas is the winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize, and the Relia Lossy Poetry Award. She has an MFA in poetry writing from Washington University in St. Louis.
Praise For Eye of Water (Pitt Poetry Series)…
“Amber Flora Thomas is simply amazing. She captures the natural with incredible vision and clarity, vivacity and almost clairvoyance.”
—North American Review
"Thomas’ poetry doesn’t just awaken our sensory perceptions. It pries them open mercilessly and we are left reeling, reborn into what feels like a brand new world with objects that we have never experienced. . . We can’t help but be grateful--because [Thomas] has arrived onto the poetry scene.”
"Highly polished and accomplished, an elegiac work that has the knowing tone of an old master. A remarkably self-assured first collection.”
—Lambda Book Report
“One of the most remarkable things about ‘Eye of Water’ [is] a harmonic counterpoint betwween beauty and violence. Deserves all the praise one can offer and more.”