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SOMETIMES MY HEART PUSHES MY RIBS
ELLEN KENNEDY


sometimes my heart pushes my ribs by Ellen Kennedy

Poetry. Mar 2009. 64 pages, perfect bound, 100% recycled paper. 2nd edition printed Jun 2010.

*available as ebook

"She's in control of the power of the ordinary. The kind of poet you want to meet after reading."
David Ohle, author of MOTORMAN

"Abject hopelessness, awkward fumbling, and gentle anomie rarely feel so touching and funny as they do in the hands of Ellen Kennedy."
Kathleen Rooney, Octopus

"Refrains of longing and missed connection echo throughout Kennedy‚Äôs debut poetry collection, and they reflect a daily life that can change from deeply ambivalent to intensely sexual to wistfully melancholic quickly, unexpectedly, upsettingly. Love—lost, yearned for, unexplained—is a central theme."
Dazed & Confused

“When I finished reading Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs I had to go to lunch with people in a restaurant with enormous beverages and misnamed sandwiches. I kept tapping my hand on the table and I didn’t listen to anything anybody said. All I wanted to do was go home to read and write the kind of poetry Ellen Kennedy writes, declarative and nervous and wild and free. This is the sort of thing you want. This is the sort of book you should buy and you should buy it now instead of having lunch with those ‘friends.’”
Daniel Handler, author of ADVERBS

"...absurd...melancholic...poems about nervousness, loneliness, Woody Allen, and Norm MacDonald."
Mallory Rice, Nylon

"Within a sleeve of narrative storytelling and conversational exchange, Kennedy creates prose poems that explore themes of ambivalence, sex, and longing while shuffling though the throwaway details of daily life."
Poetry Foundation

Ellen Kennedy (b. 1989) lives in Boston. She is the author of an e-book published by bear parade and has a blog and can be followed on Twitter.

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