Terry Ann Thaxton is an award-winning poet, essayist, and teacher. Her books include Getaway Girl (poems), The Terrible Wife (poems), and Creative Writing in the Community (text/trade book). Her poetry and prose have appeared in Flyway, Hayden's Ferry, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Art and Literature, Defunct, The Missouri Review, and other journals.
In this collection, Terry Ann Thaxton holds the reader hostage, and sets her free at the same time, in poems that walk the line between pure tension and pure festival, terror and recreation, anxiety and beauty, and always with sure steps, perfect timing, uncanny musical intuition. In Getaway Girl we are introduced to a poet who brings the world to us in eerie clarity, giving mystery and the spirit their full due while staying firmly grounded in the gritty details of a life. "Let me demand//a vase as a sequel to myself." Terry Ann Thaxton has given us the vase, and the self, and a whole new way of looking at this world in her remarkable, unforgettable, poetry collection. --Laura Kasischke
Terry Ann Thaxton’s new poems are uncompromisingly tough self-reckonings, unsentimental but always vulnerable examinations of how the past invariably haunts us. They are about what Richard Ellman labels the “controlled seething” from which enduring art must derive. They are also marvelously inventive in their ability to let the memories of Eros morph into occasions for exorcism, and to allow straightforward narrative to suddenly swerve toward the surreal. In other words, these the durable and always impassioned poems of a grown woman—and the sort of poetry that American verse very much needs these days. –David Wojahn
"Sarah Frances Felt Trapped in the Noonday Light" Photograph by Melissa Morphew