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Missing Addresses


September 15, 2023

Book Details

This long-awaited collection is the final manuscript assembled by poet Beth Bentley,
who passed away in 2021 after a lifetime devoted to poetry. Her wide-ranging poems reflect on her deep
love of art and philosophy, crystalline remembrances of family, and on the lives of cultural figures
from history. They explore her Jewish heritage, her fierce feminism, and her perception of herself
from an early age as an "outsider." Missing Addresses evokes our losses, via age and happenstance,
lending insight into the touchstones of our existence: our friends and families, our memories, our

Author Description

Beth Bentley's award-winning work has been published in dozens of journals and anthologies. Her previous collections include: Little Fires, The Purely Visible, Philosophical Investigations, Country of Resemblances, Field of Snow, and Phone Calls from the Dead. Her awards and honors include: Montalvo Award, 1987; Washington State Governor's Award for Phone Calls from the Dead and for Country of Resemblances; Bookseller's Award for Phone Calls from the Dead; and National Endowment of the Arts fellowship, 1976/77. She was a fellow of the NEA in 1978 and that same year read at the Library of Congress. She took several trips to France in the 1970s while working on translations of contemporary French women poets. Her play about the Bronte sisters, "Speak, Radiant Angel," was produced by Seattle's Readers' Theater. She taught poetry in the Northwest and elsewhere for over 30 years, including UW, Kirkland Arts League, Tacoma Public Schools and Lake Washington School District, and at the Cornish College of the Arts.

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