ELAINE TERRANOVA was named a Pew Fellow in the Arts for 2006. Not To was runner-up for the 2007 William Carlos Williams Award. She won the 1990 Walt Whitman Award for her first book, The Cult of the Right Hand. She has received an NEA fellowship and two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships. Other books include The Dog's Heart, Damages, and a translation of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis. Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Blood to Remember: American Poets Write About the Holocaust. She teaches writing at the Community College of Philadelphia.
“Like the sports photographer in her poem of that name, Elaine Terranova 'has a feel for finishes,' for the beautiful crafting of language that makes even the darkest things shine, and for slowing 'the speed at the end of the race / so that the runners appear to bloom / into a wide, deserved sleep.' In the tranced quiet of these haunting poems can be heard the 'cricket pulse' of time's anchorites, 'our backs to the outside,' as the literal opens like a wound to the magic lantern of the interior. This is intimate, sensitive, and brave poetry, tracing the damages with a care whose exactitude honors what suffers within.”—Eleanor Wilner