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Jackie Bartley Has Book of Poetry Published

Posted September 16, 1997

          HOLLAND -- Jackie Bartley, adjunct assistant
  professor of English at Hope College, has had a book of
  poetry published by White Eagle Coffee Store Press of Fox
  River Grove, Ill.
          Bartley's book, "The Terrible Boundaries of the
  Body," uses imagery from her background in medical
  technology and her continuing interest in the sciences.  It
  was published as the winner of the publisher's Fall 1996
  Poetry Chapbook Contest, selected from 130 entries.
          Of Bartley's work, contest judge Jill Pelaez
  Baumgaertner said, "Hers is the eye of the scientist,
  finding life and death in a drop of blood, marveling over
  the terrible beauty of illness, confronting all of history
  in a chip of rock."
          "She knows that we usually allow our senses to
  take us only so far and they are capable of so much more,"
  she said.  "These poems explore the images of this world
  which direct our attention beyond themselves to a
  transcendent connection, something both more elusive and
  more substantial."
          "The Terrible Boundaries of the Body" is Bartley's
  second chapbook of poetry.  Her first, "When Prayer Is Far
  from Our Lips," was published in 1994 by the Franciscan
  University Press and features 14 poems based on a trip to
  Bolivia.
          Her poems have appeared in a number of journals,
  including "Birmingham Poetry Review," "Roanoke Review,"
  "West Branch" and "Yarrow."  In 1992, she received a one-
  year Creative Artists Grant from the Arts Foundation of
  Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts
  and Cultural Affairs, in support of her work on "When Prayer
  Is Far from Our Lips."
          Bartley did her undergraduate work at Clarion
  University in Pennsylvania, where she received a B.S. degree
  in biology and a B.S. in medical technology, and
  subsequently worked for 16 years as a medical technologist.
  She began her work in poetry with Jack Ridl of the Hope
  English faculty, and in 1988 earned a master of fine arts
  degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University.
          White Eagle Coffee Store Press is a micro
  publisher of literary poetry and fiction by emerging
  writers.  The press also publishes the poetry annual "Fresh
  Ground."
          Copies of "The Terrible Boundaries of the Body"
  are available from the college's Hope-Geneva Bookstore for
  $4.
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