Tender Hooks:


by Beth Ann Fennelly ’93 (Norton)


Award-winning poet Fennelly plumbs the “sharp/sweet ambiguity of parenting” in fierce poems of birth and death, love and anger, faith and despair, loss and laughter. Her poetry, notes reviewer Ray Olson, relays “the experience of motherhood, including the emotional pain of miscarriage, more convincingly and intimately than any other poet who comes to mind.” There’s no sentiment here, only a clear eye for the reality of being a mother that proved, she writes, “wilder and deeper and funnier” than she ever imagined.

(July 2004)