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Don't Explain
Betsy Sholl

The Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry
Ronald Wallace, General Editor

Winner of the 1997 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, Selected by Rita Dove

"Don't Explain accomplishes that most difficult of tasks: the weaving together of seemingly unrelated events so that revelation unfolds effortlessly. These poems are what narrative can aspire to—namely, the grace and ease of the lyric rhapsody. And yet the charm of the anecdotes, her facility with line and image, never take precedence over the hard facts of our daily living."—Rita Dove, Judge, Citation for 1997 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry

"These poems remind us that the most memorable verse is not merely the product of talent or skill (although Sholl's poems have always possessed both of these things in abundance), but of something more raw and ineffable —call it courage. Don't Explain is an urgent and prophetic book."—David Wojahn

This is a photo of Betsy Sholl.Betsy Sholl grew up on the New Jersey shore and holds degrees from Bucknell University, the University of Rochester, and Vermont College. She has published four books of poetry, including Changing Faces, Appalachian Winter, and Rooms Overhead. The fourth, The Red Line, won the 1991 Associated Writing Programs Award for Poetry. Sholl teaches at the University of Southern Maine and at Vermont College.

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This book is very dark green-almost black, with three dark green ravens

November 1997
80 pp.   6 x 9

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