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A PENCHANT FOR MASQUERADES by Carolyn Martin — Poetry Released by Local Writer

Portland, OR — February 12, 2019 — Unsolicited Press announced immediate availability of A Penchant for Masquerades by Carolyn Martin, a collection of playful and provocative poems.

From the universal to the personal, the formal to the experimental, Carolyn Martin’s fourth poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades, takes an unflinching look at the fluidity of truth, time, identity, history, death, and relationships.

Martin time-travels with Neanderthals, Lucy, and Big Foot to 9/11 to the future collapse of a holographic universe. She mines scientific discoveries, nursery rhymes, biblical characters, and the works of Issa, Horace, Yeats, Frost, Williams, Szymborska, and Collins in poems that are both playful and thought-provoking.

Since she believes reincarnation is a distinct possibility, she suggests that death need not be taken too seriously (“Re-Entry Interview,” “A Case for Sudden Death”). She riffs on an Issa haiku (“Thoughts on a Translation”), sits down to dinner with Horace (“Notes from a Water Drinker”), and promises literary revenge on a reviewer who negatively critiques this collection (“To the Reviewer Who Missed Too Much”).

321709E5-C1FC-4E5A-A737-1882276D4CF2Martin’s forms run the gamut from sonnets, haiku, and pantoums to free verse, found poetry, and paratactic poems whose stanzas can be read in any order. A lover of language, she builds poems based on one word (“Phonaethetics,” “Disambiguation,” “Stirring”), and delights in re-stitching the words of others in surprising ways (“Variations on Final Words,” “10 Variations on the 50 Most Quoted Lines of Poetry,” “90+ Titles Appropriated from Poetry 180 Hosted by Billy Collins”).


Join me for the launch of A Penchant for Masquerades at the Milwaukie Poetry Series at the Pond House on March 13, 2019 from 6:30 — 8:00 p.m. Click here for directions.

Can’t make that evening? I’ll be reading at the Free Range Poetry Series on April 1 at the Thurman Library. Open mic starts at 6:00 p.m. Featured readers at 6:30 p.m. Click here for directions.

Like to purchase a copy of A Penchant for Masquerades at the pre-publication price? No problem. Click here. I’ll pay for shipping!


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