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The Stone of Language

Anya Achtenberg

Following the troubled course of the last decade, these poems move from the stories of individual lives to the events that have entered our global consciousness. They explore the world of work, from circuses to wedding ring factories to classrooms; and the world of war, from the agonies of Israel/Palestine to the Bosnian war to New York of 9/11. They examine the need for flight and the recovery of ancestral knowledge. While they rage against injustice, they also search for healing. Above all they are songs of the people's struggle. In the words of Luis Francia of the Village Voice, "Achtenberg is a poet of lyrical intensity . . . interested in detail for the wealth of revelation and music it will yield up."
Prior to publication, the manuscript won recognition as a finalist in five competitions: the Philip Levine Poetry Contest, the Hayden Carruth Award from Copper Canyon Press, the May Swenson Award from Utah State University Press, Cleveland State University's Poetry Center Prize, and the Alice James Books awards.


Anya Achtenberg, an award-winning fiction writer as well as poet, recently has seen her novella The Stories of Devil-Girl released on CD, and her novel-in-progress, More Than the Wind, excerpted in Harvard Review. Her first book of poetry, I Know What the Small Girl Knew, was published by Holy Cow! Press. She has taught creative writing widely, including at New York University, Hamline University, and the University of New Mexico; for writers’ organizations such as The International Women’s Writing Guild and The Loft in Minnesota; and with young adults re-entering school. She teaches courses on Writing for Social Change, sometimes co-teaching with writer-activist Demetria Martínez.

Published By West End Press

6 x 9 in. 96 pages