Poetry. 20 Mar 2009. 64 pages, perfect bound, 100% recycled paper. 2nd edition printed 20 Jun 2010.
*available as ebook
"She's in control of the power of the ordinary. The kind of poet you want to meet after reading."
—David Ohle, author of MOTORMAN
"Abject hopelessness, awkward fumbling, and gentle anomie rarely feel so touching and funny as they do in the hands of Ellen Kennedy."
—Kathleen Rooney, Octopus
“When I finished reading Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs I had to go to lunch with people in a restaurant with enormous beverages and misnamed sandwiches. I kept tapping my hand on the table and I didn’t listen to anything anybody said. All I wanted to do was go home to read and write the kind of poetry Ellen Kennedy writes, declarative and nervous and wild and free. This is the sort of thing you want. This is the sort of book you should buy and you should buy it now instead of having lunch with those ‘friends.’”
—Daniel Handler, author of ADVERBS
"...absurd...melancholic...poems about nervousness, loneliness, Woody Allen, and Norm MacDonald."
—Mallory Rice, Nylon
"There's a kind of prose poetry that Ellen Kennedy has tapped into. It seems familiar if you've read Roland Barthes or Jim Carroll, and yet it is nothing like either."
"Within a sleeve of narrative storytelling and conversational exchange, Kennedy creates prose poems that explore themes of ambivalence, sex, and longing while shuffling though the throwaway details of daily life."
Ellen Kennedy (b. 1989) lives in Boston. She is the author of an e-book published by bear parade and has a blog and can be followed on Twitter.
Stephen Tully Dierks
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