Finishing Line Press will publish a new chapbook of poems by LC English professor Laura Marello this week.
“Balzac’s Robe and Other Poems” will ship beginning March 18. It is Marello’s first published book of poetry.
The book consists of 16 poems written over a span of more than 20 years. Marello recently decided to try compiling a book of her unpublished poems, and she submitted a portion of the collection as a chapbook to Finishing Line’s New Women’s Voices Awards, where she took second finalist spot, which includes publication.
The earliest poems in the new collection were written in the 1980s. Several, however, came about during Marello’s time teaching at LC over the past 13 years. For example, she wrote “Vin Deisel” for one of her LC students, and “Clean Room” was composed for Dr. Chidsey Dickson while “Fric and Frac2 Fricassée: or the Subtextual Frog” was inspired by a dinner that she and professor Nina Salmon had with an author who came for a Thornton Reading.
“Laura Marello has decided to describe simply the world she walks in,” wrote author Antonio D’Alfonso in a review of “Balzac’s Robe and Other Poems.” “… Her depictions of what she sees reveal complex stories. To record so faithfully a confession is what portrayal is all about. To shoot the details and the explanation of the chronicle is poetry. With candor and clarity, the poet conceals the mastery of her craft. What a treat these clean lines procure the reader.”
Her third published novel, Maniac Drifter, will be released by Guernica Editions in the fall of 2016.