The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte

Červená Barva Press
2018

Notable Reviews

“In The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte, Linda Nemec Foster wonderfully illuminates that most potent of parental fears: the instant when a child slips the frame of care and is wholly gone. What’s left is the empty frame, and a sequence of moments to be filled. How perfect, then, are the paintings of Magritte to ground/un-ground this hyperattentive sequence, both representational and surreal, where a cloud “resembles/a piranha covered with gold dust” or a “serial killer,” where memory collides with dream and artifice and negation. In every poem, the daughter is not there. But in every harrowing line is a mother’s and poet’s precise, lyric devotion.”

Dennis Hinrichsen, author of Skin Music

“The poems in Linda Nemec Foster’s The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte are driven by a Demeter-like grief and outrage at the disappearance of a daughter. In this sequence of compressed quintets, art itself becomes suspect – slippery, gendered, perilous in its power to lure and camouflage – art as hucker, trickster, abductor. Rather than enacting the truism that art saves us, Foster contemplates how we can rescue ourselves from art.”

Diane Seuss, author of Four-Legged Girl

News

Linda Nemec Foster will be reading at a Zoom event sponsored by Cervena Barva Press in Boston

This program is part of a series to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Cervena Barva Press (a literary press near Boston) and Linda Nemec Foster will be reading from her work published by them. The event is on Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00 PM (EST) and will be hosted by Gloria Mindock, the Press’ editor. […]

Grand Rapids Book Launch for “The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte”, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI.

Grand Rapids Book Launch for Linda’s new chapbook, The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte, Schuler Books & Music, 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI. This book party will feature a reading and PowerPoint presentation by Linda Nemec Foster and a discussion with Q&A. Reception and book signing to follow the program. Location: Schuler Books & […]

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