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Soluble Fish

Soluble Fish

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Mary Jo Firth Gillett


Paperback (Other formats: E-book)
96 pages, 6 x 9

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry


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Soluble Fish transports readers to a place of discovery, exploring issues of borders, familial and love relationships, and other aspects of being human. Mary Jo Firth Gillett layers her poems in rich metaphor as she searches for meaning in everyday life. Contemplating a range of topics from teaching poetry to watching her father filet a fish, Gillett’s humorous and playful collection celebrates language and life.


Award-winning poet Mary Jo Firth Gillett has published her work in numerous literary journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review, and Poetry Northwest.


Soluble Fish is a no-holds-barred romp of language and imagination, a cornucopian celebration of great swathes of the known world, from dung beetles to the ‘black stretch-leotard’ of cosmic space. Mary Jo Firth Gillett’s powerful music does not avoid the chaos and cacophonies of our lives but embraces and transforms them, devours them for nourishment and offers us a splendid richness that challenges, informs, and delights to the point of astonishment.”—Philip Dacey, author of The Mystery of Max Schmitt: Poems on the Life and Work of Thomas Eakins