Poets Maura Way & Christopher Shipman
In Mummery, all the world's a stage. Historically, mummery requires silence, but on the stage crafted by Maura Way, nothing goes unsaid. Poem after poem presents a speaker unafraid to dissect the performance of a life in which every familiar story is rendered the strangest adventure. (Christopher Shipman) These poems are wise, genial, witty, and sharp as acid rain. They sing hard through American heartache. (Catherine Wagner) We're lucky when a poet's sense of humor merges with old-soul wisdom . . . . This poet, who, she avows, has "seen clowns from / both sides now." (Janet Holmes)
"The bad boys of poetry are back! In this second collaboration we see Vincent Cellucci and Christopher Shipman still enjoying their high jinx, surprising
metaphors, attention to sound and deep investment in place. But they also have grown and deepened; the "former reprobates" now take on fatherhood,
jobs, moving, and aging. getting away with everything is an immensely lively book."
-Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
Christopher Shipman is the author of The Movie My Murderer Makes: Season II (The Cupboard), coauthor of Super Poems II (Kattywompus Press), and coauthor of Keats is Not the Problem (Lavender Ink). His work appears in journals such as Cimarron Review, PANK, Pedestal, Plume, Salt Hill, Spork Press, and TENDERLOIN, among many others. He is the author or coauthor of five books and four chapbooks. His poem, "The Three-Year Crossing," was a winner of the 2015 Big Bridges Prize, judged by Alice Quinn. _a ship on the line (2015), coauthored with Vincent A. Cellucci, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Shipman lives in Greensboro, NC with his partner Sarah K. Jackson and his daughter Finn, where he teaches literature and creative writing at New Garden Friends School and plays drums in the band The Goodbye Horses. Learn more at CShipmanWriting.com.