Lisa Ampleman is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cincinnati. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Cave Wall, Forklift, Massachusetts Review, and Notre Dame Review. She is a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize winner and 2011 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist.
“In the old story of love and loss, Lisa Ampleman’s I’ve Been Collecting This to Tell You cuts to the core of the matter with concision and subtlety. Hearts are laid bare, dissected, even grown anew. Masterfully structured and alert to the most vital details, this collection has lots to tell us—and a voice at once authentic and lyrical with which to do it.”
“In these poems, the beloved is a space the speaker moves through—at first with trepidation, then with gathering force— emerging finally into a hard-won world ravishing in its clarity under a brutally beautiful “sky pinking up/like a newly healed limb.” The poems of Lisa Ampleman’s collection don’t flinch, and the reward of their acute seeing is a song that’s sustenance itself.”
“Lisa Ampleman’s subtle and beautifully-wrought poems make way for the possibility that all is not “frenzy” in this “agitated world.” Although we might be “the walking wounded,” and “like Thomas/ need scars to believe,” the poems assure us that we heal, that wholeness and grace await us.”
The Kent State University Press