CarolAnn Russell

CarolAnn RussellCarolAnn Russell has published four full-length books of poetry and has won numerous awards and grants for her work from such organizations as: the Academy of American Poets, Ragdale Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. Russell is Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at Bemidji State University.

Books by CarolAnn Russell for the Backwaters Press

Gypsy Taxi Gypsy Taxi by CarolAnn Russell

Author: CarolAnn Russell
Format: Paperback, 47 pages
ISBN: 0976523108
Published: March 2005

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Critical Praise for CarolAnn Russell’s Gypsy Taxi

Travel may release us from daily obligations but not from any central pain or loneliness. CarolAnn Russell’s poems remind us of this, even as they give themselves over to foreign places, searching in Australia, for instance, for “circular caves / Where the songs come from” for landscapes from which she can emerge “as rock fingerprinted / with spirit.” And they rejoice especially in the welter of Rome, where navigating the streets, a difficult language, any slight interchange with another, is seen as part of the city’s continuing seduction. Ultimately, it’s in the middle of that wondrous confusion where even grief can be addressed. From an ancient Rome cemetery, she invites the reader to “Blow a kiss with me / To the ashes / The beautiful bodies / Death has dazzled into sleep.” The poet moves on, choosing life time after time, its “‘one flesh,” its “dance upon the shield.”
Richard Robbins – Author of Famous Persons We Have Known

In these poems, CarolAnn Russell travels the world bearing witness to the pain and the bliss, the suffering that lives next door to paradise. In poems of passionate spirit, she is always searching for the “Flaming heart / At the heart of things / That keeps us human.”
Quinton Duvall – Author of Dinner Music and Joe’s Rain

Gypsy Taxi is a marvelous collection. Get in the Gypsy Taxi in Rome and go for a ride!
Fred MoramarcoPoetry International

Excerpts from CarolAnn Russell’s Gypsy Taxi

Gypsy Taxi

When you arrive, it is waiting, the door
Held open like Cinderella’s coach.
In your best bad Italian tell the driver
The address, gasping
As he whirls you past the Coliseum
Stopping for no one—
Man or machine and everywhere
Read the signs: Cambio
Cambio
, his eyes caressing your face
Your neck, your breasts
His coral shirt throbbing, his smile
A photograph catching you
Like water moving
Inside the body of your dream—
Beneath a canopy of laundry,
Da lucia waiting for you
At dusk in Vicolo di Mattonato
Lounging on the steps of the fountain
In the piazza of Santa Maria en Trastevere
Veiled in spray, nameless, touching
The loneliness that wanders
Like a gypsy through the world.

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