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Here From Away
Poems by Kate Bernadette Benedict

“... for Benedict, poetry is less a career or a profession than a devotional exercise, a means of enhancing life—its thrills, absurdities and inevitable heartbreak—by memorializing it in the way that only poetry’s calibration of language can...Here From Away demonstrates nicely that the poetry in your life can be as near as the person sitting across the table from you.”
                   —Frank Wilson, The Philadelphia Inquirer (Editor’s Choice, 19 February 2006)

“This is an urban book, and a woman’s book. Kate Benedict portraying herself, whether in real life or in imaginary life, as wife, ex-nun, political activist, or horrified Grand Juror, is unfailingly tender, feminine, compassionate, and brave enough to risk playing the buffoon with her comic villanelles. A multi-varied talent shows through in both formal and free verse, but it is her rich approach to both language and life that makes these poems so engaging.”
                   —Sandy McKinney, The Alsop Review

We Are Refugees is one of the best poems of its kind I’ve ever read...I am astounded by the breadth and freshness of your knowledge, which so amply supports the way your imagination pries truth out of the world’s lies."
                   —Hayden Carruth

“Language...that delivers complexity. The poems linger in the reader’s mind.”
                   —Kay Day

“What intelligent, energetic, generous poems these are, and how willing to take risks! . . . These poems are certain to engage the reader’s attention and earn his respect, and keep both.”
                   —Rhina P. Espaillat

“I admire Kate Benedict’s poems for their freshness, intelligence, and grace.”
                   —A. E. Stallings

“What a beautiful collection of poetry! You have such a way with rhyme and meter...as a reader, I feel like I’m right there with you as you describe the images and feelings.”
                   —J.M. Kelley (Editor and Writer, the poet’s niece)

“Thank you—what a wonderful gift from your heart. It’s certainly helping to heal mine. Each poem touches me differently. I want more!”
                   —Janice Kelley (Artist, the poet’s sister)

“...noticeably better than most of the tripe that beckons remaindering after the 1st Edition....”
                   —Dan Schneider