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Pool Party in a Body Cast, Poems by Martha Deborah Hall
The pungent poems of Pool Party in a Body Cast by Martha Deborah Hall reflect the poet's wit, keen eye, and bracing humor.
Praise for Martha Deborah Hall's work
"Fresh as a daisy or a cheeky remark-Martha Deborah Hall is both. Her images are whimsical yet full of wisdom, irreverent yet go straight to the heart of the essentially human. Each poem, each line is juicy with thought provoking phrases. About neighbors she writes, 'We both use a hair dryer to dust' and 'They zoomed me out of my dark room.' In Undertows of Anger Martha touches on her daily life while honestly revealing her inner pain, anger, transgressions and longing for transformation-for herself and for the world. She invites readers into her poetry and offers them a doorway to contemplate their own journeys."-Sherry Jennings
Martha Deborah Hall's poems appear in numerous national journals including, Bellowing Ark, Common Ground Review, Las Cruces, Old Red Kimono, Tale Spinners, Tapestries, The Poet's Touchstone and Watch the Eye. She is the winner of the 2005 John and Miriam Morris Memorial Chapbook contest for her collection Abandoned Gardens. The Garbo Reels chapbook was published by Pudding House Press. Hall was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Concrete Wolf Chapbook contest and a semi-finalist in the 2010 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry presented by Sarabande Books and one of five finalists in the Vernice Quebodeaux "Pathways" 2010 Poetry Prize.
Plain View Press published three books, Two Grains in Time and My Side of the Street in 2009 and Inside Out, published and nominated for a Pushcart Award in 2011. In 2012 D-N Publishing published White Out, Hall's book on suicide and drugs. Hall's fifth book, Heading Toward Silver Dust was published in 2012 by Plain View Press. Her book, The Closing, the Opening was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Word Works Washington Prize and was recently published by WordTech Communications. In 2013, Finishing Line Press published Hall's chapbook titled Mooring Lines. In 2014, Plain View Press published Hall's book titled, The Weight of Light , and the full-length book, Stalked in Connecticut. Published by WordTech Communications in 2016 and 2017 are Hall's booksNew Haven, Before the Ink is Dry, andMidnights in My Mending Room. Tears, The Undertows of Anger, Tunnels to Up-Country, and In My Cottage were published by WordTech in 2018.
Hall was honored by the New Hampshire Poet Laureate to be one of the featured poets in the Poet Showcase. She was a member of the Manchester, New Hampshire, Poets Unbound group. She is a member of the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, and the Monadnock Writers' Group. She is a past President of the Amherst Junior Women's Club, was the Amherst Chairman for Ronald Reagan's bid for the presidency, and was Communications Director for Alexander Haig when he ran for President. Hall holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University (Class of 1963) and Columbia University (Class of 1967). She and her twin sister, Kathleen, were former Doublemint Twins and Conover models. Hall's books may be purchased through Barnes & Noble, the Toadstool Bookshops in New Hampshire, and through her various publishers.