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The Self as Constellation (Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry #9)

Jeanine Hathaway


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Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2001.

The way we construct our selves—as the ancients created meaningful shapes from the random sparkles of the stars at night—is the theme and structural principle of this collection of poems. In writing them, Jeanine Hathaway assumed the constellations of Eldest Child, Ex-Nun, Former Wife, Single Mother, Writer, Teacher, and Pilgrim. Their most notable aspect is their exploration of spirituality, the awe and ambivalence that characterize every significant relationship, whether it be with God, family, friends, invented and historical figures, or oneself.

University of North Texas Press, 9781574411447, 80pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2002

About the Author

Jeanine Hathaway entered the Dominican order in 1963. After nine years she left the convent, received an MFA from Bowling Green State University, married, and had a daughter. She has been teaching literature and writing at Wichita State University in Kansas since 1974. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.