Personal Effects

Personal Effects


Robin Becker, Helena Minton, Marilyn Zuckerman

“Robin Becker’s first collection of poems show a controlled ironic intelligence and a steadfastness of vision. The grandmother poems, the self as child, the self as adult female, the poems of travel and search all reflect her clear unafraid image in the mirror.”
—Maxine Kumin

June 1976

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Robin Becker, Professor of English and Women's Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, is the author of five collections of poems and the chapbook Venetian Blue (Frick Art & Historical Center, 2002.) Of her three books published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, two (All-American Girl and The Horse Fair) received nominations for the Lambda Literary Award, and All-American Girl won the prize in 1996. Becker has received individual grants from foundations and institutions including The National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies of the City University of New York, and The William Steeple Davis Foundation. Becker serves as Poetry Editor and Contributing Editor for The Women's Review of Books. She has taught every summer, since 1999, at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Helena Minton's poetry collections with Alice James Books are Personal Effects and The Canal Bed. She has since  published two chapbooks, The Raincoat Colors with Finishing Line Press, and The Gardener and the Bees, with March Street Press. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including PoetryThe Beloit Poetry JournalSou’westerThe Listening EyeThe Paddock Review and West Branch. Poems have also been anthologized in  Nasty Women Poets, An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive VerseRaising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the WorkspaceSojourner: A Feminist Anthology; and Merrimack: A Poetry Anthology. She has taught English Composition and Creative Writing and worked for many years as a public librarian. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and serves on the Board of the Robert Frost Foundation, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She lives north of Boston.

Marilyn Zuckerman is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Amerika/America (Cedar Hill Publications, 2002). Her poems have appeared in such magazines as New York Quarterly, The Little Magazine, Nimrod, and in several anthologies. Ms. Zuckerman has received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, an Allen Ginsberg Award, and has a short story in the anthology The Tribe of Dina (Beacon Press, 1988).

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Additional Praise:

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— Jonathan L.

“These poems radiate a sexual heat…They are about status, loss and grief out there…where life is crazy and hard, where we live and try to address new loves and ancient urges against stunning odds. Helena Minton has beaten the percentages in these poems and prepared a place for us to inhabit.”
—J.D. Reed

“Marilyn Zuckerman’s poems are the first utterings of an urgent voice, compelled to speak by a force and with such force that I am tempted to use the word ‘possessed’. . . These are road signs along some highway that sears the countryside…Where they are going I cannot tell, but they are and it is somewhere unheard of”
—Louise Bernikow

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— Pablo

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