An Honest Answer Ginger Andrews

ISBN: 9781885266781

Published: November 15th 1999


112 pages


An Honest Answer  by  Ginger Andrews

An Honest Answer by Ginger Andrews
November 15th 1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 112 pages | ISBN: 9781885266781 | 3.74 Mb

Winner of the 12th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry PrizeThe presiding spirit behind Ginger Andrews first book An Honest Answer must be William Carlos Williams. When he said he wrote in the speech of Polish mothers, he could have included the American working class anywhere. The sinewy resilience of Andrews individual poems honors the tradition of his free verse lyrics. She listens for the poetic measure in American speech and reproduces it in unique forms. I would venture to say that the poetry of Ginger Andrews is as close to the tradition of Williams as American free verse has ever been....

As for the voice speaking to us in these poems, it is as fresh as Ray Carvers seemed 25 years ago. Another poet who comes to mind is her fellow Northwesterner Vern Rutsala, himself a descendent of Williams who, like Williams, has kept his eye on the working poor throughout his career. Andrews is a working class, born again Sappho, an Ahkmatova who cleans houses and teaches Sunday school. These figures come to mind not for the sake of hyperbole, but to help understand the originality of this new and remarkable poet.--From the preface by Mark JarmanGinger Andrews was born in North Bend, Oregon in 1956.

Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Poetry, River Sedge, Fireweed and The American Voice. In 1997, she received the Mary Scheirman Award at the Coos Bay Writers Conference. She cleans houses for a living, and is a janitor and Sunday school teacher at North Bend Church of Christ.

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