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The mission of Brick Road Poetry Press is to publish and promote poetry that entertains, amuses, edifies, and surprises a wide audience of appreciative readers.  We are not qualified to judge who deserves to be published, so we concentrate on publishing what we enjoy. Our preference is for poetry geared toward dramatizing the human experience in language rich with sensory image and metaphor, recognizing that poetry can be, at one and the same time, both familiar as the perspiration of daily labor and as outrageous as a carnival sideshow.

Dancing on the Rim by Clela Reed

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Dancing on the Rim by Clela Reed


Perfect Paperback: 55 pages

Publisher: Brick Road Poetry Press (July 25, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0984100504

ISBN-13: 978-0984100507

Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces

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Editorial Reviews


Dancing on the Rim is a book of human relationships and the complex and often painful ways the heart is forced to negotiate the world. These are insightful, brave, and honest poems, and they teach us time and again, how to live and how to love the world. ---David Bottoms, Poet Laureate of Georgia, author of Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump and Vagrant Grace

Clela Reed possesses the poet's eye and the poet s gift for language, her mastery of metaphor and lushness of image evident everywhere in this collection. In surprising and delightful ways, she often links the quotidian with the primal to demonstrate the timelessness of our human yearning and connection. Here is a bright new voice in American poetry. ---Sarah Gordon, author of Distances and Flannery O'Connor: The Obedient Imagination

Love occupies the landscape of Dancing on the Rim: family, friends, the delicious vista of romantic love with all its nuance and shifts. Deftly crafted with fine detail and sure music, these poems resonate with experience, yet sing with the innocence of discovery. Reed cherishes this natural dare to reach moving readers to the edge, allowing them to tumble into surprise and pleasure. A wonder-filled debut! ---Karla Huston, author of An Inventory of Lost Things

About the Author

Clela Reed holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Georgia and was a teacher of English and facilitator for the Gifted for many years. She left the classroom in 2003 to focus more seriously on her writing. Since then she has won poetry competitions sponsored by ByLine Magazine and the Georgia Poetry Society and has had poetry published in Clapboard House, Colere, Caesura,, Kennesaw Review, and storySouth literary journals. She served as Vice President and Program Chair of the Georgia Poetry Society from 2006-2009. She has attended writing conferences and workshops at Bread Loaf, Sewanee, St. Petersburg (Russia) and Palm Beach and has traveled extensively in Europe, Australia and Asia. She lives and writes in a hardwood forest near Athens, Georgia, where she and her husband are active members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She is preparing for service in the Peace Corps.