Cover Art: Eleanor Bennett, Cover & Interior Design: Alban Fischer
Paperback, 96 pages, 6" X 8"
May 2013, ISBN 978-1-936919-14-7
About Tanya Olson
Tanya Olson lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a Lecturer in English at UMB (University of Maryland, Baltimore County). Her first book, Boyishly, was published by YesYes Books in 2013 and received a 2014 American Book Award. In 2010, she won a Discovery/Boston Review prize and she was named a 2011 Lambda Fellow by the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her poem 54 Prince was chosen for inclusion in Best American Poems 2015 by Sherman Alexie.
Boyishly by Tanya Olson
Winner, American Book Award, Poetry, 2014
Tanya Olson’s magnificent poems carry the weight of giants, tigers, and The People’s Acts of Love. Every page is a new cleansing fire.
Olson uses language like Gertrude Stein does, building large monuments of sound into humming lattices. Olson writes poems to a future America from beyond the planetary gravestone where there is only a ‘boyish summer’ and "boyish waters."
Tanya Olson’s poems channel personal experience through myriad adopted voices, speaking through dreams, letters, and imagined historical scenes. Olson turns fresh eyes on archetypal figures and myths, relationships and legends, and landmark failures and successes. By turns vindictive, benevolent, and laudatory, these poems urge us to press toward change by constantly revisiting the past.