|Enter the 2012
|Runner-Up in the National Poetry
Review Book Prize
Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room
by Betsy Wheeler
"How is it that Betsy Wheeler makes me feel both accompanied by and accompaniment to her seductive, disarming, and lushly inventive poems? 'Everything is what we need,' she writes in Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room. And in this dream, everything is what we get. Such intensity, richness, humor, and unabashed innocence in these poems. I love their lyricism, their playfulness with the poetic conventions of you and I, and the joy they take in making music. An auspicious and captivating debut!"
intelligence, sympathetic imagination, emotional equilibrium, versatility and flexibility,
a book conditioned to be open, welcoming, kind and true, a collection carefully shaped,
carefully said. These poems say poetryyou dont want to spare poetry, you
want to keep a place prepared for it, to entice it to come along, anytime. Loud
Dreaming in a Quiet Room. Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room. Astonishing."
|Betsy Wheeler completed her MFA in poetry at The Ohio State University. From
2005-2007, she held the Stadler Fellowship at Bucknell University. She is Managing
Director for the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at U-Mass, Amherst and is editor of
Pilot Booksa publisher of limitededition poetry chapbooks. She lives in Northampton,