paperback, 74 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 in
Publication Date: 2006
Juliet Patterson's first collection of poems, The Truant Lover, selected by Jean Valentine, is a pastiche of American voices, a well of poems with passages that hint and nod at past poets while remaining wholly their own.
“Juliet Patterson’s poems are entirely themselves; they use time and the eye and tongue—all the body, as thought and insight, inside and outside history. The Truant Lover is a marvel.”—Jean Valentine
"Spare, pastoral, intimate, and probing, these musically exacting poems offer arresting insights: “Here’s a world for today: // killing & not dying / fantastically, not lying.” They question, invent, refer, divert, take flying risks. They are fluid, considered, dignified. They celebrate the human eye, mind, and tongue. It is a joy to have them in print." —Olga Broumas