Ah, Men, Nancy Scott

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Ah, Men, Nancy Scott

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“This book is a parade of the males from [Scott’s] life — the entanglements — father, professors, husbands, sailors, lovers, sons, acquaintances; a journey perhaps fictionalized by poetry but one you won’t leave. You don’t have to read far to see Scott’s speaker is an adventurer who trusted men to be heroes and then puzzled it out from there. Also she liked men. What a concept! And she broadens their appeal with bold ramped up stories that add up to a novella. This book is an epic-scale-boyfriend-history with language of energy; each poem arched into a tiny drama. Some poets write beyond themselves, attributing their inspiration to the stars. Scott raises the standard by truth telling, making each poem a defining experience with her male mega-matter. Every page turned, I promise, you can expect good things to happen, even when memory rotates otherwise. Ah, Men. (AMEN, SISTER!)” Grace Cavalieri, reviewer for Washington Independent Review of Books

Nancy Scott has been the managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative in New Jersey, for more than a decade. She is the author of nine poetry collections, numerous short stories, and a novella. She began writing poetry in the mid-’90s to capture the stories she’d heard as a social worker for the State of New Jersey, first in a child abuse response unit and later in a program assisting homeless families. Also an artist, Scott works primarily in collage. Her work has been widely exhibited in juried shows, online and print literary journals, and as the cover image for two of her books. Raised in Chicago, she attended Brandeis University and graduated from the University of Chicago, eventually relocating to New Jersey where she currently resides.

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