MacDiarmid gives us the clear, frank, emotional truths—never sentimental, never hysterical. Like the best poets, she knows when to hold back and when to let go.
Consolation Prize depicts with unflinching accuracy the ways in which life goes wrong when love is replaced by bad choice after bad choice…. Readers will want to kneel down in front of children everywhere and beg forgiveness for us all.
Consolation Prize brings us to an understanding of family life through a young woman’s growth of consciousness in poems that sear us with their tension. This is honest writing, honed and crafted, sharpened to make its many points through poetry’s slant approach.
Laurie MacDiarmid is an Associate Professor of English and Writer in Residence at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She is also the author of Float, a chapbook of poems devoted to motherhood. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, including Antioch Review, Pennsylvania Quarterly, Mochila Review and Carolina Quarterly.