THE BABIES

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"Sabrina Orah Mark’s debut collection is uncommonly taut, an achievement made all the more remarkable given that its poems are anything but spare…" - Deborah Kuan, The Boston Review

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The Babies, by Sabrina Orah Mark, is the premier winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Contest, judged by renowned poet Jane Miller (Memory at These Speeds: New and Selected Poetry). Of The Babies, poet Claudia Rankine writes, “Rarely do we encounter poems that are so precisely framed, though on their surface seemingly whimsical and erratic. These poems are gorgeous, intelligent, and disturbing.”

"In place of poetic epiphany and absolute closure, Orah Mark infuses in The Babies, the world’s disorder—its chords are those of disruption, confusion, uncertainty. The vividness with which Orah Mark processes such chaos is exacting; however amplified, its pitch almost always feels authentic.”  - Shara LessleyDiagram

“Like the blouses to which Mark repeatedly refers, blouses opened and buttoned again, sometimes loose and sometimes confining, these poems remain tatter and patch and scrap, but also become whole.” - Ray McDaniel, Constant Critic

“War, dark drafts, desertions, abandoned homes—these poems move darkly down, as the poem, The Babies, concludes, ‘into a past I still swear I never had.’ They offer a look at a time we must face, or else face its consequences. It happens that, in The Babies, we aren’t sure if we are looking at past, present, or future. Sabrina Orah Mark ultimately posits what is surely meant as praise for poetry: timelessness.” - Jane Miller

 

 

 
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TSIM TSUM

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“Truly original and unique storytelling, "Tsim Tsum" is of interest both to poetry readers and short fiction readers looking for something off the beaten path!” - Midwest Book Review

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Sabrina Orah Mark follows up her critically acclaimed debut, The Babies, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize in 2004 chosen by Jane Miller, with a second collection of prose, Tsim Tsum, centered on two characters, Walter B. and Beatrice, first introduced in The Babies. Unbeknownst to them they have come into being under the laws of Tsim Tsum, a Kabbalistic claim that a being cannot become, or come into existence, unless the creator of that being departs from that being. Along their journey they encounter many beguiling characters including The Healer, The Collector, Walter B.’s Extraordinary Cousin, and the Oldest Animal. These figures bewilder and dislodge what is at the heart of the immigrant experience: survival, testimony, and belonging.

“Sabrina Orah Mark’s Tsim Tsum is like a collection of episodes from a lost, slightly sinister children’s book on the nature of love and time, in which wry parables move us further and further down unknown hallways, beyond instruction, into corridors of dream-sense, far into the strange, cool territory of the fabulous.” - Mark Doty

“You'll remember what Mark has done with the prose poem: you'll wonder how on Earth she does it, too.” - Stephen Burt


Walter B’s Extraordinary Cousin Comes for a Visit / a chapbook

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