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By a Thread

Molly Tenenbaum


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Poetry. Poet and musician Molly Tenenbaum possesses a technical brilliance informed by a lifetime dedication to music. Her work is full of striking images, unexpected juxtapositions, and inventive lyricism, compelling us to attend to the details of the world and what is sacred in it. The poems in BY A THREAD -- like the most intriguing melodies, the most alluring chords, the happiest and saddest of sounds and cadences -- mesmerize. These poems have been structured and laid carefully, line upon line, nuance upon nuance, by the hand of a gifted writer. There are few conclusions stated among the brilliant and surprising images, no tight resolutions, no glib summaries. Read these poems for the truth of the reality they remember and for the truth of the reality they create -- Pattiann Rogers.

Eastern Washington University, 9780967702100, 100pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2000

About the Author

MOLLY TENENBAUM lives in Seattle, Washington, where she teaches creative writing and plays traditional string band music. She is the author of Blue Willow, recipient of the 1998 Floating Bridge Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and her poems have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1991, Poetry, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, and Prairie Schooner. Her banjo playing appears on several recordings of traditional American old-time music, including And the Hillsides Are All Covered with Cakes, The Young Fogies II, and Race the River Jordan.