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“For the fortunate reader of Ruth Roach Pierson’s book, her “realignments” are all enlargements – of working vocabulary, as words such as “brindled,” “mazard,” “umbrageous,” and “mephitic” take on new and surprising poetic power; of voice, as Pierson’s muscular syntax reflects the movements of an agile and capacious mind; of experience itself, as her Whitman-like catalogues embrace a dazzling breadth of times, places, and things; and – most especially, for this reader – of spirit, as objects resonate with human meaning through Pierson’s dynamic metaphors. Look and marvel, for instance, at how a simple piano stool in the title poem becomes an image for the winding realignments of felt life, enlarging our grasp on that turning, precarious world through which she guides us so expertly in this superb collection.” — John Reibetanz


Ruth Roach Pierson

Ruth Roach Pierson has published four poetry collections including Aide-Mémoire, which was a Governor General Literary Award for Poetry finalist in 2008. In 2014 Guernica Editions published an anthology of film poems she edited entitled I Found It at the Movies. Aperture, her chapbook of poems written in response to the photography of Josef Sudek, was also released in 2014. A Skeletal Wand and her fourth collection Realignment were launched by Palimpsest Press.

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


Realignment – Not Fog or Wasteland – Yakima Apples – So – Heads – Overheard in All That Jazz Café – Reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – On … 23 $2.30


Herat Carpets – After Betty Goodwin’s Untitled Nerves, No. 1, 1993 – Summertime – Agapanthus Blue Triumphator – Vanity Fair’s Lucian Freud – 33 Films in … 22 $2.20


Rare to contemplate – Hitler und die Deutschen—Volksgemeinshaft und Verbrechen – Viewing Armand Séguin’s Portrait of Madeleine Bernard – Jean Dubuffet’s … 26 $2.60