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Debut Book from MFA Alumna Paige Riehl

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Suspension by Paige Riehl (MFA ‘14)
Published by Terrapin Books
August 2018

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ABOUT THE BOOK AND CRITICAL PRAISE

“Though the book is called Suspension, there is no hesitation here in how Paige Riehl describes the complicated, outrageous, glorious, and grief-stricken world in which we all live. The subjects are varied--love, children, illness, travel--but the voice speaking the poems goes unfailingly to the challenges of our 21st-century western world. The poems often afford a resolution, no matter how momentary. There is rawness here as well as delight. Perhaps most telling, the book is a sustained meditation on love in its many guises. As such, it is a gift, and it is our luck as readers to be its recipients.”
––Jim Moore

“Paige Riehl's poems explore constant and probing questions that arise with the crossing of thresholds. Whether exploring questions of motherhood, family, with whom one belongs, or whether the poem's speaker is an unfurled ribbon investigating the self, Riehl proceeds with elegance and certitude. As one's course in the world is shifted, she offers readers the grace notes to read such transitions with bewilderment and with the understanding of each new moment's possibility.”
––Oliver de la Paz

Suspension is that rare book of poetry, as much a narrative as a collection of individually successful lyrics. We follow here the extraordinary events of a life and the visions of the one/the many living it. We end, as in life, so far from where we began that a true sense of progress is made in the reading of this poetry, and yet we’ve lingered, meditated, listened, because this is work made mostly of imagery and music, subtlety and unflinching consideration. These are poems to return to again and again, written by a poet of unique powers.”
—Laura Kasischke


PUBLICATION EVENTS

Book Launch in St. Paul
When: Thursday, September 27 from 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: Dow Art Gallery and Picture Framing
             2242 University Ave W
             St. Paul, MN 55114

Poet Paige Riehl launches her poetry book Suspension (Terrapin Books, 2018) at the Dow Art Gallery Thursday, September 27. From 6:30 – 7 p.m., meet local artist Meranda Turbak, whose painting is featured on the cover of Suspension. Have a glass of wine, view some of Turbak’s new artwork, and ask her questions. The reading starts at 7 p.m. and features award-winning guest poets Jim Moore and Hallie Wiederholt followed by Riehl reading from Suspension.

Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing follows the reading.

For more details, click here.


Book Launch in Minneapolis
When: Friday, November 2 at 7:00 PM
Where: Moon Palace Books
             3032 Minnehaha Ave
             Minneapolis, MN 55406

Paige will share the stage with much lauded poets Jude Nutter and Michael Kleber-Diggs. Also, meet local artist Meranda Turbak, whose painting is featured on the cover of Suspension. Have a glass of wine, view some of Turbak’s new artwork, and ask her questions.


Congratulations, Paige!