Gertrude Stein writes: Pink looks as pink, pink looks as pink, as pink as pink supposes, suppose. Dzvinia Orlowsky's poems in her new book are strung along the tension of a black thread stretched to near snapping as her tenacious, feisty speaker refuses for all women the typecast as ather breast cancer statistic, ather bumper sticker pink bow. Equal parts shepherd, punk, and auburn-wigged angel, Orlowsky, with torches in her hand, illuminates this dark passage with images of startling originality and honesty. The clear voice in this book joins those whose lives have been and continue to be altered by this disease.
Pushcart Prize recipient, DZVINIA ORLOWSKY is a founding editor of Four Way Books, a contributing editor to Agni, The Marlboro Review, and Shade and currently teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. Her translation of Alexander Dovzhenko s novella, The Enchanted Desna was published by House Between Water Collections in 2006. She lives in Marshfield, Massachusetts, with her husband Jay and their son and daughter, Max and Raisa.