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Quark Soup
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Magdalena gives an overview of the book:

Quark Soup contains twenty eight poems which muse on topics like what it means to be human, love, loss, fear, longing, and transcendence. Avoiding cliché and the mundane, the poetry in this collection is accessible to the common reader, with a powerful intellectual edge and playful wit. As all good poetry should, this work uses sound, sense, and strong imagery to deal with everyday topics like depression, birth, growing old, love and death, all moving towards a large universal picture. As the title suggests, there is a strong astrophysical theme running through the poems. Most of the poetry in this collection has been published individually, in well known literary journals, as well as online in a number of respected international venues. The appeal of this work is broad, and aimed towards a wide market of both sophisticated poetry readers, and those who...
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Quark Soup contains twenty eight poems which muse on topics like what it means to be human, love, loss, fear, longing, and transcendence. Avoiding cliché and the mundane, the poetry in this collection is accessible to the common reader, with a powerful intellectual edge and playful wit. As all good poetry should, this work uses sound, sense, and strong imagery to deal with everyday topics like depression, birth, growing old, love and death, all moving towards a large universal picture. As the title suggests, there is a strong astrophysical theme running through the poems. Most of the poetry in this collection has been published individually, in well known literary journals, as well as online in a number of respected international venues. The appeal of this work is broad, and aimed towards a wide market of both sophisticated poetry readers, and those who feel that poetry is too highbrow or inaccessible for their tastes. 

"wonderful...these poems cover a lot of ground while keeping a poetic sensibility, which is hard to do.  We need more singularity-aware art." Ray Kurzweil

 

"[Magdalena Ball's] mind is a fountain of original ideas, expressed in conventional poetic format...That can only happen after years of struggle and hard work, when finally one has arrived at maturity. They require a kind of mental ferocity that knows no compromise, a reaching for the very top, comparable in spirit to the early works of Picasso." Egon H.E. Lass

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About Magdalena

Magdalena Ball runs The Compulsive Reader. She is the author of the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, , the poetry books Repulsion Thrust and Quark Soup, a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment, and, in collaboration with Carolyn...

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Published Reviews

Feb.19.2008

The writing is deep and memorable making the novel a true page-turner. The words are chosen masterly; the narrative and the imagery are excellent. The book sounds like the music Marianne wants to compose....

Feb.19.2008

Magdalena Ball demonstrates her mastery of the musicality of language and many scenes are imbued with striking imagery...As the drama coils tighter and tighter...