Donna Vorreyer (Poetry) | Willowbrook, IL
- Tinder, Smolder, Bones and Snow (dancing girl press, forthcoming 2016). Poetry.
- Encantado (illustrated by Matt Kish) (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2015). Poetry.
- We Build Houses of Our Bodies (dancing girl press, 2014). Poetry.
- The Imagined Life of the Pioneer Wife (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). Poetry.
- Ordering the Hours (Maverick Duck Press, 2012). Poetry.
- Womb/Seed/Fruit (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Poetry.
- Come Out, Virginia (Naked Mannekin Press, 2010 ). Poetry. (out of print)
Press & Reviews
Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story
” …a riveting collection that reminds us that love & grief, like fire and water, are elemental forces that
summon both sorrow and song.”
—Eduardo C. Corral
“Love, that dark song married to footsteps, is pulled between ecstatic fulfillment and loss in Vorreyer’s poems.”
“These poems supersede elegy–they are more darkly funny and discerning than that – and become instead a personal eschatology, celebrating the world even as we examine how it ends.”
A House of Many Windows
The poems that comprise this enviable collection are unflinching and fearless, crafting new definitions for the definition of woman—as mother, as lover, as flawed and singular being.
“I have a need to carry things,” says the speaker in Donna Vorreyer’s A House of Many Windows, a Millay-like sequence on longing—not for a lover, but for a child she can’t have. Fiercely, she enlists poetry to conceive her tie to the unborn—“My uncoupled sonnet, my comma / splice. Forgive the mediocre world, / ill-versed in our intimate literacy”—and to the boy she will eventually adopt and raise. Such mysterious and steadfast love makes Vorreyer’s poems part of a wider narrative, having to do with human connection at its core—as something way, way thicker than blood.