“The poems in Apparition Wren are sometimes sensual, sexual, almost rawly empathic to the loneliness and suffering of the characters she writes about (look at Mud Pie Underworld, Butcher’s Wife); sometimes Alsop’s poems are less narrative, and still beautifully candid and strange.” —Jean Valentine
“One half prayer book, one half book of prophecy, one half inner almanac, Maureen Alsop’s Apparition Wren truly overflows with a generous, deeply felt lyricism, a ‘dappled song’ bursting forth from the mind’s ‘delirious dark.’ The seemingly calm lyrical pulse at the center of her poems vibrates outward to include a wild menagerie of objects, landscapes, and selves. Suddenly, each poem reveals itself as a contact point where the sacred and profane change skins, exchange a weird glance, and then fall back into the book’s throttling hum. Subtle and spontaneous, meditative and erotic, Alsop’s is an exciting new voice, expertly pitched ‘between the chaos and the bramble.’” —Tony Tost
Maureen Alsop, PhD, won Poetry West’s 2006 Contest through The Eleventh Muse and the 2007 Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry. Her poetry was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her manuscript Apparition Wren was also a semi-finalist for the 2007 Walt Whitman Award. She is the author of two chapbooks and is an associate editor for Poemeleon. She currently resides in Palm Springs, California.