BASED ON A TRUE STORY
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH DAVID PERRY:
Praise for A Penny Saved:
“If you want dramatic prosody you got it. A Penny Saved is washed in fights, in the gathering of conflicts that become eloquence, tension, attitude and “the representative of all of our wounds” in the manner of Greek mythology. Arisa White knows the difference between Poetry and Knowledge and proves it (in the exact way that Aimé Césaire meant it) in lines like ‘there are no pauses to regulate the breath /the lights are green where periods go.’ White’s enormous and inspired service, her nearly Olympian approach to Penny’s gradually forming voice proves that there are still modes of poetic expression, finely tuned strings, capable of reaching both despair and love in a single pluck or utterance. The range of emotional incision in A Penny Saved cuts open many of our ugliest and most hidden domestic veins, patriarchal abuse. This book is the good lyric hurt that triumphs!”
~Thomas Sayers Ellis
Arisa White’s debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest (Virtual Artists Collective), is the 2012 winner of the San Francisco Book Festival Award for poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry appears in numerous journals and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet.