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Elephants & Angels

Elephants & Angels


Rena Rosenwasser


    1984, 45 pages

    ISBN 0-932716-19-9




    Rena Rosenwasser co-founded Kelsey Street Press in 1974. Between 1987 and 2006 she initiated and produced a series of collaborations between poets and artists that further established Kelsey Street Press as the premiere and longest lived independent publisher of literature for women. She continues to work for the Press as press member and mentor. Rosenwasser’s poetry publications include Elevators (Kelsey Street Press, 2011); Taking Flight (Mayacamas Press, 1993); Unplace.Place (Leave Books, 1992); and three collaborations with artist Kate Delos: Isle (Kelsey Street Press, 1992); Aviary (Limestone Press, 1988); and Simulacra (Kelsey Street Press, 1986). Her first volume of poetry, Desert Flats, was published by Kelsey Street Press in 1979. Rosenwasser was born in New York City where she cultivated her passion for literature and the visual arts. After graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 1971, she moved to California to pursue graduate studies at Mills College where she earned her MA in literature in 1976. Currently she serves on the board of Small Press Distribution. Together with her spouse, Penny Cooper, they support and collect the work of women artists.


    Rena Rosenwasser's poems have the mysterious quality of places you have always dreamed of; places she visits from the inside as well as traveling their surfaces. Her landscapes, both internal and external, are at the same time foreign and yet quite familiar. She somehow manages to bring everything home, both in terms of time and place. She has a wonderful eye for detail. Elephants & Angels is a journey well worth taking.

    — Susan Sherman


    These poems . . . invite you to go on imagining, to invent forms in a space that the poems have convinced us is infinite . . . I love them because they make my mind feel free—a great gift.

    — Susan Griffin

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