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Titel: Shot In The Head
Autor/en: Lee Varon
Autor/en: Lee Varon
1. Oktober 2018 - kartoniert - 84 Seiten
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• • • FIRST PLACE WINNER - 2017 SUNSHOT BOOK AWARD(TM) FOR POETRY • • •
Shot In The Head focuses on a piece of history that reverberated throughout my life. Many of the poems refer to the 1936 shooting of my grandfather, Edwin McElroy. He was shot in the head by the husband of his lover, which resulted in my grandfather's partial paralysis. There was a trial in which the defendant, prominent local businessman J.J. Harding, was acquitted. My grandfather died several years later at the age of 42.
This dramatic event must have colored my grandmother's lifelong distrust of others. […]
Poems often seek to understand something more deeply and many of the poems here are my effort to understand this proud, deeply flawed woman who was so central to my life. Shot In The Head began as a book about a tragic incident, but as I wrote, it became less about this one violent event and more about grappling with the moral paradox of a grandmother who was steeped in bigotry and intolerance and yet who loved me, and whom I loved.
Lee Varon is a social worker in the boston area. She was born in Chicago and grew up in Illinois. As a child, many of her summers were spent with her maternal grandmother in Petersburg, Virginia.
In addition to poetry, Varon also writes prose and won the 2015 Briar Cliff Review Fiction Award. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been published in various literary journals, including Atlanta Review, Ibbetson Street, Euphony, Tampa Review, Inscape, Westview, The Somerville Times, Wilderness House Literary Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, and Oddball Magazine.
Varon's poetry collection, Shot In The Head, won First Place in the inaugural Sunshot Prize Series(TM), receiving the 2017 Sunshot Book Award for Poetry.
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