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The Gift of Bad Timing


The Gift of Bad Timing

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poems in the book.
“ ‘We lost the toaster to mice // the savings to the dog.’ Ordinary crises fill The Gift of Bad Timing: the in-utero death of the poet’s twin; love and fury; God and transgression, the human heart in its deceits. These burdens, the poet carries bravely. Amid a leitmotif of sea and storms, Sussman takes on the American personal: gay marriage, a woman with a hard-hat job eating alone in a hotel—decisions made, broken, made again. The Gift Of Bad Timing is a taut, feminist display. The poems ring!”
—Barbara Helfgott Hyett, poet


“A star has been added to the Sonoma County night sky, already bright with sparkling poets. KP Sussman’s first collection of poems, Gift of Bad Timing, is thoughtful and well crafted. Her work is accessible; no need for pretentious obscurities, it is meaningful, relevant, and elegant in a way that true poets are able to express themselves. Sussman’s star is bright.”
—Ann Carranza, poet, reporter, videographer


“A star has been added to the Sonoma County night sky, already bright with sparkling poets. KP Sussman’s first collection of poems, Gift of Bad Timing, is thoughtful and well crafted. Her work is accessible; no need for pretentious obscurities, it is meaningful, relevant, and elegant in a way that true poets are able to express themselves. Sussman’s star is bright.”
—Armando García-Dávila, author of The Trip and Profile: Poems and Stories


“The rawest of truth can be told with the poetic beauty and power of language, thus elevating the writer, the reader, and the truth itself to a transformed place beyond the pain where we are more, and better, more luminous than we were before. KP Sussman, in her The Gift of Bad Timing, does just that, bringing up in me echoes of Sharon Olds and Sylvia Plath. Read her, you will not be sorry.”
—Vilma Olsvary Ginzberg, Healdsburg [CA] Literary Laureate 2008/2009 and author of making noise



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