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Fierce, haunted, urgent, these are poems that could only have been written in the 21st Century, Catastrophe is already around us and more may lie ahead, but here are offerings of stars, coffee, memories, paintings, and words that stubbornly keep dancing on the edge.

—Joyce Johnson

Susan Thomas’s Silent Acts of Public Indiscretion clarifies the poet’s belief that poems surround us, waiting to be captured. Paris, Italy, imagining death as a bus, visual art, Jewish cooking, and creeping autocracy—these poems merge embodied experience with electric language.

—Sean Singer

About the Author

Susan Thomas’ first book, State of Blessed Gluttony (Red Hen Press, 2004), was chosen for the Benjamin Saltman Prize by Phillip Levine and Wanda Coleman. She has also won first prizes from the Iowa Poetry Review, USC (Ann Stanford Prize), Spoon River Review, and Mississippi Review. Her poetry collections, The Empty Notebook Interrogates Itself (2011) and In the Sadness Museum (2017) were published by Fomite Press. She has also published two chapbooks and a collection of short stories, Among Angelic Orders (Fomite Press, 2014), and is co-translator with Richard Jackson and Deborah Brown, of Last Voyage (Red Hen Press, 2010), a collection of Giovanni Pascoli’s selected poems. Her latest book is Take Five (Finishing Line Press, 2020), a collection of prose poems with Richard Jackson, Deborah Brown, Barbara Carlson, and Laura Baird.