Salt

Paperback | October 15, 1991

byRenee Ashley

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Renée Ashley describes Salt as an attempt, in part, to mythologize a period of the 1950s and early 1960s in the California Bay Area suburb where she grew up, “a racially rich, economically varied section of town east of El Camino Real—the major road and the ‘tracks’, so to speak, that one grew up on the right or wrong side of.”  Many of the poems in the collection explore Ashley’s adjustment to the East Coast after a virtual lifetime in “that one place.”  They  deal with landscape, with marriage, with the insight distance seems to lend to hindsight, with amusement, with regret. 

“Renée Ashley can tune our ears to the thoughts of a wounded sparrow, to the sibilance of snow on stone, even to the song rocks make as they thaw in spring.  .  .  .  She wakes us to an intricate, enthralling world behind, beneath, beyond the one we thought we knew, alive with particulars, laced with compassion, luminous with humor.”—Donald Finkel

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'While, as she reminds us, 'We have not the eyes for darkness / and our ears are poor cousins / to those who measure the night, ' Renee Ashley can tune our ears to the thoughts of a wounded sparrow, to the sibilance of snow on stone, even to the song rocks make as they thaw in spring. Through her keen portrayal of 'The Way Birds Must L...

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Renée Ashley describes Salt as an attempt, in part, to mythologize a period of the 1950s and early 1960s in the California Bay Area suburb where she grew up, “a racially rich, economically varied section of town east of El Camino Real—the major road and the ‘tracks’, so to speak, that one grew up on the right or wrong side of.”  Many o...

Renée Ashley teaches creative writing at Ramapo College in New Jersey and at Rockland Center for the Arts in New York.  Her poems have been published in many notable journals including New England Review,  Kenyon Review, North Atlantic Review,  and  Southern Poetry Review. 

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 8.5 × 6.25 × 0.3 inPublished:October 15, 1991Publisher:University Of Wisconsin Press

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ISBN - 10:0299131440

ISBN - 13:9780299131449

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'While, as she reminds us, 'We have not the eyes for darkness / and our ears are poor cousins / to those who measure the night, ' Renee Ashley can tune our ears to the thoughts of a wounded sparrow, to the sibilance of snow on stone, even to the song rocks make as they thaw in spring. Through her keen portrayal of 'The Way Birds Must Live' or her glorious meditation on 'The Way Women Sweat, ' the corruscating, multifaceted title poem 'Salt, ' or the pungent narrative in 'Skunk, ' Ashley wakes us to an intricate, enthralling world behind, beneath, beyond the one we thought we knew, alive with particulars, laces with compassion, luminous with humor.' -Donald Finkel, citation for the Brittingham Prize

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Winner of the 1991 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award