author of RESTRICTED MOVEMENT and WAVING
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"O'Dea's poetry is evocative, illuminating, modern, and fierce. She displays such perfect juxtaposition between the natural world and the personal world inside us all. Her words are at once beautiful, original, searingly honest and at times haunting. She guts the human condition and serves it up warm, still breathing on the page."
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR,
THIS TIME NEXT YEAR
"The vulnerable, undefended body may be lost in the waves of time and tide and cultural expectation, but the imagination may rise above those waters...beach reading of the thrilling sort."
"Unflinching in its portrait of filial devotion, Traci O'Dea's Restricted Movement is beautiful and funny. This collection of poems—both love letter and intimate diary—is so skillfully wrought that the lines often seem effortless—almost casual—and yet O'Dea's formal and emotional control is impeccable."
“Traci O'Dea's Waving is a meditation on the body and the universal sea, of letting go and letting be, as preoccupied with the spiritual as the physical. In it, a glossy stripe on a beach is first a watch, then a minnow—the body's breath echoes and the lover lowers herself in the September sea. This is a collection that seeks the quiet liminal spaces between the surf and the shore, those moments of contemplation before the relentless waves return.”
POET LAUREATE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS (UK), AUTHOR OF EPIPHANEIA, WINNER OF THE OCM BOCAS PRIZE FOR CARIBBEAN LITERATURE
"Traci O'Dea has written verse that complements her old man's visions like a tugboat pulling a freighter out to deep water."
AUTHOR OF ORLO & LENI AND WRITER FROM
AUTHOR OF NOW YOU KNOW IT ALL, WINNER OF THE DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE
"Traci O’Dea has created an omnivorous idiom, able to digest anything from slang to sophisticated allusion. Waving has it all—short and taut lines, long and loping lines, middle-length lines from which she weaves immaculate sonnets, and everything with such depths that it 'tugs like undertow.' She is the poet I have been looking for, the poet who is equally adept with the aural and visual aspects of a poem. Her work has the sonorousness of formal verse and the scenic delights of vers libre. She really is the lover of both drummers and painters. If any poet can heal the poetic divide, she is the one."
AARON POOCHIGIAN, AUTHOR OF AMERICAN DIVINE, WINNER OF THE RICHARD WILBUR AWARD
"Traci O'Dea's Restricted Movement is timely, stirring, and sharp as a knife. A pandemic book, an addiction story, and a love letter to a troubled father, it defies the odds by also being really fucking funny. If you needed any further proof that form lends force to feeling, here it is."
Traci O’Dea is an American poet living in Jersey, UK where she is currently composing a novel in verse and a collection of verse monologues. Her poetry has appeared in the following places: BBC Radio Jersey, Poetry, cellpoems, Literary Matters, The Hopkins Review, The Jersey Evening Post, Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey Library, Goethe Institut, and elsewhere.
A poetry editor for the literary journals Smartish Pace and MOKO: Caribbean Arts & Letters, O'Dea is the author of two poetry collections: Waving (Assure Press, 2021) and Restricted Movement (Scotland Street Press, 2021) for which she received a Seed Funding Grant from Arthouse Jersey.
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