Hot Flash Sonnets
by Moira Egan
Soft cover, 79 pages
Poet Moira Egan finally turned fifty, and her poetic journey has gotten ever sweatier and sexier. In her latest collection, Hot Flash Sonnets, she explores the sultry joys and humorous indignities of becoming a woman of a certain age…
Media & Reviews:
Moira is a featured poet on Verse Daily! Click on the icon.
Read a great review by Roman Gladstone on Chamber Four.
Here is a look at the book from Kevin Frato, an author, professor, and blogger living in Sweden. Also, don’t miss out on reading Moira’s perspective on menopause in her guest post on the blog Friend for the Ride.
Baltimore Sun’s columnist, Susan Reimer interviews Moira in a feature on July 8, 2013: “From the Heat of Menopause, a Poet Finds Light.”
The book has been featured on The Signal, Baltimore’s own weekly radio magazine, produced by WYPR and is devoted to exploring Maryland’s thriving artistic and cultural scene. Click the icon below to see the feature!
To hear a podcast of Egan reading her poetry at the June 12 Passager Reading at the Enoch Pratt Library, click below.
Of Hot Flash Sonnets, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins has written that Egan’s “unabashed admissions, balanced by the sonnet’s strictures and the wit of her endings, extend to the reader the double pleasure of craft and disclosure.” Poet Molly Peacock avers that “it’s the skill of this poet that dazzles, for she turns her stunning sequence into a vast landscape, contouring matters of beauty and aging in divinely controlled lines.” Annie Finch praises the collection for its raising of “the stakes of light verse beyond wit to encompass willfulness, wordplay, and womanly wisdom,” and National Book Award-winning poet Marilyn Hacker calls the poems “terrific, a virtuoso number, witty, pithy, tragi-comic… they remind me, not surprisingly, of John Berryman, but with less self-indulgence.”
Sonnets from the collection have been published in such journals as Baltimore Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Columbia Review, Little Patuxent Review, Mount Hope, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Passager, So to Speak, The Same, and the Sewanee Theological Review. Poems have also garnered honors in the 2012 literary competition of the Baltimore Review (on the theme of heat, naturally) and in the Sonnet category of the 2012 Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition of the National League of American Pen Women.
Egan is the author of four poetry collections, an anthology, and nearly a dozen books in translation in Italian.