Dream Horse Press
Let's Not Sleep
C. J. Sage
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Praise for Let's Not Sleep:"Through sinewy yet delicate lines, Sage unlocks experience and memory in a meditative exploration of the world, pointing to those truths which can never be fully captured, only illuminated through the radiance of language. Her poems are arresting, gratifying."
Ryan G. Van Cleave
"I had a sense all through this book that I was reading
something extraordinary....Let's Not Sleep is as close to being a perfect first
book as I can imagine....Recommendation: Buy this book."
The Adirondack Review
"The book is filled with beautiful poems and one wants to
quote line after line, poem after poem.... [Bridge Ghazal] is a wonderful example of how
formal poetry can enrich itself, how a modern poet can still write a lyric which extends
the form, instead of abandoning it.... Ms. Sage's gifts are immense.... Her formal skills
are very strong and varied in their scope. Her voice is both playful and revelatory.
The In Posse Review
"In this strong debut, C.J. Sage offers us poems where 'Yes
and No chase each other round the props of any bridge.' The work in this book affords a
subtle command of irony and eroticism .... Read such poems as 'How the Other Half,' 'Say
You Love Your Husband,' 'Bridge Ghazal,' 'How to Tell a God,' 'You Are Not a Poet,' or
'She Was Like Persephone' in the bookstore and you will want to buy this book!"
2001-2002 Ruth Lilly/Poetry magazine Fellow
1999-2000 Writer In Residence, Phillips Exeter Academy
"C. J. Sage's new poetry collection, Let's Not Sleep,
is a sensual delightan urgent celebration of our place in natureand an honest
revelation of our arrogance in setting ourselves above and apartand awayfrom
the natural world of animals, all lovingly trounced in this musical miscellany.... These
poems lack all polemics; they reveal that human sorrow, despair, desire, and evil can be
seen through engagement in the lives of all creatures, both when they suffer from human
misuses and insensitivity and when they don't....As their collective title suggests, these
poems sing, dance, and cry with eyes wide open. They resonate with humbling humanity;
navigate tirelessly troubled waters; and pulsate sublimely with libidinal energy."
Ben Bennani, Paintbrush magazine
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