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Cardboard Piano by Rina Terry

Cardboard Piano
by Rina Terry

$14.95 paperback
2013, 102 pages, 6 x 9

Cover painting
by Marjorie Grigonis

ISBN-13: 978-0615858562
ISBN-10: 0615858562

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“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons,” Dostoevsky said, and RINA TERRY’S Cardboard Piano derives from the consciousness of one who entered prisons and witnessed and made music from it. Terry finds reasons to grovel and to gleam. Things take flight only to have bruising, bone-snapping falls in defiance of the romantic trajectory. The circumstances of deprivation contend with moments of soul making. How can there be radiance here? How can there be “an odd way out”? The poems are clear-eyed documents, a shank in the heart of civilization, and an offering.

-- Bruce Smith, Professor of English at Syracuse University, author of Devotions, Songs for Two Voices

After leaving a position as Assistant to the Dean of General Studies at a New Jersey state college, Rina Terry attended seminary and became an ordained United Methodist minister. She has served as pastor of several New Jersey churches and spent many years as Supervisor of Religious Services at a state prison. She holds an MA in English: Creative Writing from Temple University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has published poetry, short fiction, book reviews, academic articles and frequently writes columns on jazz and literature.

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