Lois Roma-Deeley reads poems from her new collection The Short List of Certainties, which Pulitzer Prize nominated poet Sydney Lea calls "a tour de force."
The poems in this collection explore the many ways in which we are blind—from the depths of our fears to the heights of our noblest selves. Experimental when necessary, but classic in design, Lois Roma-Deeley has woven together a narrative structure that traces the “hero’s journey” while reaching into and beyond the social issues of our time. Roma-Deeley’s writing entices the reader to join two strong-willed and modern, yet vulnerable, feminist spirits on this venture. The twin daughters of Hope —anger and courage— materialize and dematerialize throughout time, physical space, and social boundaries to liberate the world while destroying classic mandates. The twins struggle within themselves, argue with each other, and rage at the world as they fight against work-a-day violence, social injustices, and even Hope itself. The Short List of Certainties
offers no easy answers for the brokenness found within ourselves and our world, but there’s no turning back now. The blind "what-if" awaits.
Open reading follows.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LOIS ROMA-DEELEY's fourth collection of poems, The Short List of Certainties
, won the Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Prize (Franciscan University Press, 2017). Her previous full-length poetry collections are: Rules of Hunger
, and High Notes
—a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Roma-Deeley’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, nationally and internationally. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE named her Professor of the Year, Community College, 2012. Roma-Deeley is the recipient of a 2016 Arizona Commission on the Arts Grant.