Marty McConnell's Prize-Winning Collection Available

Marty McConnell's Prize-Winning Collection Available

Contributor Marty McConnell's second full-length collection, when they say you can't go home again, what they mean is you were never there is now available from the Southern Indiana Review. Her poem, "the sacrament of holding hands" first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the Gettysburg Review.

Winner of the Michael Waters Poetry Prize, the book asks what does it mean to be bodied in such a way that one is simultaneously weapon and target? To exist within a species tipping toward extinction? How do we navigate the landscape of our own damage, received and inflicted, in such a way as to move through individual survival and into a common joy?

Martin Espada says of the collection, "If future generations want to know what it meant to live in the belly of the beast at this moment in history, they would do well to read the poems of Marty McConnell.

These are poems that bear witness and much more: they explore a remarkable range of human experiences and emotional registers.

There is fiery condemnation of injustice and jubilant praise of everyday pleasures; there are voices from the margins and voices of privilege that burn with searing honesty; there is fragmented language that mirrors the fragmentation of our times, and there is language that speaks with the clarity of prophecy. Above all, there is love, of both a personal and political nature, that resonates with hope. I, for one, am grateful for the blaze of electricity in these poems, for the thunderstorms and lamplight which illuminate our darkness."

About the Gettysburg Review

The Gettysburg Review, published by Gettysburg College, is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall.


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