POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA - NORMA FABER AWARD
The nominee for this year's Norma Faber First Book Award for Poetry is Jessica Tyner's The Last Exotic Petting Zoo (Tayen Lane 2014).
THE LAST EXOTIC PETTING ZOO
The Last Exotic Petting Zoo is Jessica Tyner’s debut poetry anthology comprised of twelve years of writing. A series of epochs, the reader is led down a spectrum of fragments in time saturated with loss, love and hope. Spanning several countries and facets of relationships, Jessica delves into the underbelly of familial strife and awakenings from a childhood with bi-racial parents to the loss of her father. Featuring glimpses into the reality of the relationship with the self, from infatuation to despite, key pieces dig in deep to the most incestuous relationship everyone has. Each piece segues seamlessly to the next, a love story told piece by piece until they become one unstoppable force—just as such stories are meant to be and always have been.
We offer our congratulations to Jessica for a beautifully written first book of poetry, that we believe will touch heart, body and soul. Kudos!