Coming Soon: Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound, by Yvonne Zipter
Praise for Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound
Oh, how I resent the constrictions of blurbese in speaking of such a collection, given its abundantly laudable qualities. One is that rarest of features in our time, what the Augustans called Wit (see, e.g., “The Pencils Speak of Impermanence”). There is also Zipter’s matchless eye for physical detail, ranging from the natural world to conjugal and even canine love. Supreme, however, is the poet’s way with pathos: read, say, the paean to her grandfather Elmer and stay dry-eyed—dare you! Early in the book, the poet complains, “I wish I’d been around when the world was new / and everything needed names," and yet her own naming makes everything new again.
Yvonne Zipter is the author of the full-length collection The Patience of Metal (Hutchinson House), which was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and the chapbook Like Some Bookie God (Pudding House Publications). Her poems have appeared in numerous periodicals over the years, including Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, Calyx, Crab Orchard Review, Bellingham Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review, as well as in several anthologies. She is also the author of two nonfiction books: Diamonds Are a Dyke’s Best Friend ( Firebrand Books) and Ransacking the Closet (Spinsters Ink). Her long-running poetry project—selling her published poems in two vending machines in Chicago to raise money for a local arts organization—was recently featured on Chicago’s PBS station. She lives in Illinois.