“Mattison has written the best poems I know about the ‘Bodiliness,’ the sheer physicality of pregnancy and motherhood. The poems are about much more than this; but they start from here. There is a wonderful ebullience and bravado, intelligence and freshness about her book. I hope everyone reads it.”
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Alice Mattison’s seventh novel, Conscience, appeared in August, 2018, and was named by the Washington Post as one of fifty notable works of fiction of the year. Also in 2018, her essay “Eye Trouble,” was published in the online New Yorker. Mattison’s book about writing, The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control—and Live to Tell the Tale, came out in 2016 and is now available in paperback. Several of her previous novels and story collections have been New York Times Notable Books or Editors’ Choices, including the novels When We Argued All Night and The Book Borrower and the story collectionIn Case We're Separated, which won the Connecticut Book Award for Fiction. Mattison’s stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere, and have been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut and for more than twenty years has taught fiction in the MFA program in writing at Bennington College. Her website is www.alicemattison.com.
“Poems by Alice Mattison. . . wind up being superb poems about ‘being a woman’ because they are so unsparingly and un-selfpityingly about the perceptions and feelings of Alice Mattison.”
—The Boston Globe
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