Landscape, folktale, and sometimes-harrowing autobiography play equal parts in Marie Lovas’s literally enchanting poems, whose lilt and turn of phrase remind me of haunting Irish folk music... More > even as they quietly extend the possibilities of our current American poetic lexicon. The poems in My Father’s Suitcase are substantial and exquisitely-beautiful achievements. This is a book to read more than once, indeed a book to treasure.
--MICHAEL HETTICH, Systems of Finishing, The Animals Beyond Us, The Measured Breathing and Like Happiness< Less
"A few years ago a friend commented that he liked the way I handled animals in my poetry. I didn’t realize how much of my poetry is infused with the animal spirit. This collection brings... More > together some of my experiences with animals: from leech, tick and trilobite, to sheep, deer and mammoth. I appreciate animals in their own environment, and accept them on their own terms. I write about present day species and the archaic no longer with us. I wonder about our break from the animal mind set, and the grieving for our own lost instincts."
Jeanine Stevens, author of Phylum< Less
The chapbook portrays the deeply-treasured and sometimes harrowing experience of raising teenagers examined from the perspective of a mother saying ‘good-bye’ as her children leave for... More > college.< Less