Category: Book Buzz
Published: 14 June 2013
Ginnungagap: New and Selected Poems: Part 1 byLiza Sisk
Available at www.Amazon.com
"Liza Sisk has listened well to her inner port's voice and crafted a book of poems that spans a life's journey through motherhood, family, travel, spiritual quest, a journey that has led her eventually to the transformative power of art. These poems sparkle with electricity, with an honesty and attentiveness that can often make the reader step back from the page to take a deep breath."
—Kathryn Stripling Byer, former NC Poet Laureate
"Also, notice Liza's ability to use a variety of forms so appropriate to the subject matter that we barely notice the form until we have finished reading. She seems to work under Archibald MacLeish's dictum that 'a poem must not mean, but be.'"
—William Sommers, leader of the Fearrington Poet's Corner
"The result is a sharply original vision, a clear-eyed honesty, and a jagged and—yes—quirky music. Here is a reading experience as fresh as spring water—with crawfish in it."
—Fred Chappel, former NC Poet Laureate
Liza Sisk holds a BA in math (Phi Beta Kappa) and an MA in English both from SUNY-Buffalo, and a Ph.D in English from the University of Wisconsin. After briefly teaching math at SUNY-Buffalo and English at U.Wisc. and three other universities, she switched careers to Marketing Communications with Sylvania, Westinghouse, and GE and set up her own consulting company named ComSci Associates: Communications, Training and Productivity. One of her specialties was to teach Communication Skills to engineers, scientists, and their managers. Clients included Westinghouse, Merck, Turner Corporation, NASA, American Chemical Society and Mellon University.
Since retiring, she switched careers once more, hopefully to become a poet. New and Selected Poems: Part 1, Ginnungagap, is partially based on her chapbook, Four Months Around the World, now out-of-print, and two earlier books of poetry, On Being Alive and Condominiums, Conch Shells and Consciousness, which are still available.