House On Breakaheart Road

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Author: Gailmarie Pahmeier

Format: Paper
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780874173130
Published Date: 1998

This breathtaking collection of poems by award-winning Nevada poet Gailmarie Pahmeier explores the many facets of a woman's experience. Told largely through the voice of a fictional character, "Emma," the poems display a range of moods, from tender to wry, ironic, tough, lyrical, reckless. Pahmeier's voice is uniquely her own—strong, profoundly wise, rich in humor and subtlety, utterly feminine. She understands how women live, how they love, and what they need. Ultimately, she teaches us "what comes of it, of love."

Author Bio
Gailmarie Pahmeier teaches creative writing and literature in the Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2007, she was honored with a Governor's Arts Award by the Nevada Arts Council for “Excellence in the Arts.” Pahmeier is recognized for her art and poetry. Her works include With Respect for Distance and What Emma Loves published by Black Rock Press and The House on Breakaheart Road published by the University of Nevada Press. Pahmeier has also received the Chamber Memorial Award, the Paumonok Poetry Award, a Witter Bynner Foundation Poetry Fellowship, two Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowships and the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Pahmeier has received the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award.

"Pahmeier's is a purely American poetry, a tough female vision that includes the language of baseball and bread baking, well-tuned transmissions and hard-packed snow, truckstops and 'wound-red lipstick.' —Dorianne Laux

"Pahmeier has a remarkable ability to plumb the labyrinths of the heart through a sharp focus on human connections that consider the complexity of love in a world where we happen to find ourselves, both in an external sense and as the external applies to the landscape of the soul. The House on Breakaheart Road allows us to consider the beauty as well as the agony of our deepest and most heartfelt binding human characteristics." —David Lee

“These remarkably clear and concise poems examine a number of real life situations—father-daughter relationships, learning to drive, baseball and moving, both from one place to another and just moving on. But the earnest territory of the poems is the complexity of love and what it means, how it shifts between those gray areas of out-there and in-here. . . . These poems allow us to locate our own selves through a subtle and evocative blending of memories-past with the present, and by allowing us to conjure what we might make of it all, right here, right now, in the midst of our own real-life situations.” —Kirk RobertsonReno News and Review, 8 July 1998
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