August, 2010

Liz Ahl, chair of the department of English and professor of English

“The chapbook offers, I hope, both constant themes and interesting variety,” says Ahl, whose previous chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, was awarded the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook prize. “Obviously, one thread of the collection has to do with luck and with gambling: poems about craps, poker, and carnival games; and poems about different kinds of gambling: taking personal risks, making wishes, and pushing the odds. But many of the poems also explore feminine identities and perspectives, and still others are interested in rituals and habits. I think the title poem, ‘Luck,’ touches on all three of these areas: the craps game itself, the various rituals and superstitions of the players, and the notion of ‘Lady Luck.’”

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