Since the House Is Burning
“Suzanne Edison’s gorgeously lyrical collection Since the House Is Burning understands one of the most important principles of poetry: that it first be a pleasure in language. Of course, these are often bittersweet pleasures, if a poet is willing to tell the truth of her experience as Edison does here (in this case, as a wife, mother, daughter; as citizen of a world on fire and a caretaker to many). Musically adept, formally precise, both clear eyed and unfailingly empathetic in its worldview, it’s a beautiful book-one any thoughtful reader of poetry will be glad to know.”
— Erin Belieu, author of Come-Hither, Honeycomb, from Copper Canyon Press
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The Body Lives Its Undoing:
Exploring Autoimmune Disease through Poetry and Visual Art.
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What Cannot Be Swallowed
This book of poems reflects conversations Suzanne had with parents who have child living with a chronic or ongoing health issue. These illnesses include, Sickle Cell, Cystic Fibrosis, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and Juvenile Arthritis, among others. It too was supported by an artist grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
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The Moth Eaten World
“Suzanne Edison’s The Moth Eaten World held me breathless. Poem by poem we explore not just a failing body, but a daughter’s disease and a mother’s journey through this world. The poems fill us with questioning concern–I left God in her Temple when you got sick–but she compassionately walks the reader through. Not many poets can write about illness well, especially the illness of their own child, with such precision and grace that Edison has. These poems offer so much to the reader–strength and struggle, beauty and fear, faith and doubt–Edison is not only the detailed observer, but the moth, the mother, and the world held together, she writes a powerful and necessary book for all.”
— Kelli Russell Agodon, Author of Hourglass Museum & The Daily Poet
“In The Moth Eaten World, Suzanne Edison talks about a subject no one wants to talk about: the sick child, and accomplishes this onerous but fundamental task by invoking mythologies, African tradition, story telling and the use of fresh metaphors to guide us through a deep and challenging world. She describes the accouterment of illness with a cleverness that invokes sticks in the sand instead of IV poles, angels instead of nurses, always in the presence of a mother’s partially cloaked desperation, and her fervent desire to “stitch you back whole” once again. All in all the book is a clear view of a catastrophic situation made palatable by the skill of the writer and a vision that uses language as warrior against the sorrow of loss.”
— David Watts, MD. author of Bedside Manners and The Orange Wire Problem
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