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Grace Zabriskie's POEMS Released by NYQ Books

02/11/2010
NYQ Books is pleased to announce the release of Grace Zabriskie’s debut book of poems, titled POEMS. Grace Zabriskie has been writing poems for over thirty years. She is also a visual artist and an actor, known for her work in numerous David Lynch movies including Wild at Heart and Inland Empire as well as films such as An Officer and A Gentleman, The Grudge, and most recently My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done? directed by Werner Herzog. She has also appeared on numerous television programs including her memorable role as the grieving mother on "Twin Peaks", the drunk mother on "Seinfeld" and is currently a regular on the HBO series "Big Love".

Grace Zabriskie’s Poems is an oeuvre that encompasses her thirty year writing career. Her unique writing style offers the reader deep insight into an entire gamut of topics.

The venerable writer, F. D. Reeve writes of Ms. Zabriskie’s Poems: “An impassioned potpourri of images and speech rhythms, of places and figures, spiced by independent wit and indelible memories choreographing choruses of contradictions. ‘The Castle Builds Itself,’ says one poem; in that spirit Grace Zabriskie has built herself from her father’s New Orleans café to LA. This visual artist and poet of three decades so loves life that she makes all kinds of games of its parts and pieces, projecting her womb as a cupboard, a scene shop as the world, a house as a man’s woman, and even herself as the East Pacific Rise. Her social satire is quick and clever; her dramatic irony is as bright as sunlight. She’s too spritely a spirit and too accomplished an artist to leave anything human out.”

And Rosemary Daniell writes: “Already well known as a film and TV actress, Grace Zabriskie’s talents are myriad. And luckily for us, they include the poems in her simply titled first book, Poems. In it, unfettered by poetic or any other convention, Zabriskie has created a collection that is witty, clever and provocative, and above all, original. That her poems—untainted by sentimentality—are also at times hard, dark and skeptical, will paradoxically lift and delight her readers.”

A hardback edition, signed and numbered by Ms. Zabriskie, with 6 color plates is also available from NYQ Books. This very unique collector’s item is limited to a print run of only 101 copies.

PAPERBACK EDITION

LIMITED, HARDBACK EDITION