Ivory Cradle

Anne Marie Macari

APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner

Robert Creeley, who selected Ivory Cradle from over 1,200 manuscripts, writes in his introduction: “The wonders here are those of perception, intuition, union, separation—and all the emotions these provoke. Anger, despair, but also joy, love in its flooding recognitions, relief in the world’s insistent substance.”

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ISBN: 9780966339567

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About the Author

Anne Marie Macari is the author of five books of poetry including Heaven Beneath (Persea, 2020) and Red Deer (Persea, 2015). Macari’s first book, Ivory Cradle, was chosen by Robert Creeley for the the APR/Honickman First Book Prize in 2000. Her poetry and essays have been widely published in magazines such as The Iowa Review, Field, and The American Poetry Review.

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“It can be startling when a voice just emerging is as mature as Macari’s in this debut collection… A sharp, honest, and restrained journey to hell and back. This book has a quiet power.” —Library Journal

“An expertly crafted collection of reflective, chiaroscuro verse.” —Publishers Weekly

“Macari is one of the most surprising and best poets I have read in a long time. This first book reverberates with a dark power few poets achieve in their entire lives.” —Bloomsbury Review