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Free Ferry

Ann Cefola

68 pages
Upper Hand Press Llc
Free Ferry reveals the intrigue and secrecy around the first isolation of plutonium and its impact on an iconic “nuclear” family decades later. Science collides with mythology as the narrator observes her mother, Eurydice, embrace and resist an “underground” existence as postwar suburban housewife. In this 1960s snapshot of classic Americana, idyllic peace flows over undercurrents of annihilation. From outrageous alchemy to Cold War espionage, this book-length poem tracks the lyrical legacies of the first manmade element.

The poet's father-in-law, one of the project's chief scientists, inspired the private narrative around this world-changing event that few know.

Author Bio
Ann Cefola is author of Free Ferry, forthcoming from Upper Hand Press in January 2017, Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014); St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007), and the translation Hence this cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007). A Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency recipient, she also received the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery. For more information, see anncefola.com and annogram.blogspot.com.