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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sarah Sovereign Getty  

Pen Name: Sarah Getty

Genre: Poetry

Born: January 27, 1943 in Berwyn, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

She was born in Berwyn, Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sarah Getty is a poet, writer, editor, and creative writing coach.

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Titles At Your Library

The Land of Milk and Honey: Poems (The James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series)
ISBN: 1570031592

University of South Carolina Press. 1996

Sarah Getty's poems represent the work of the New Woman, as the nineteenth century called her, now middle-aged, with daughters, private lives, and weathered marriages-but no male figure steps forward in any overshadowing role. Meditating on her own experience of girlhood, marriage, and the mothering of a daughter, Getty combines a feminist sensibility with a profound sense of connection to the natural and mythic realms from which the forces of generation emerge. Her poems, centered in domestic suburbia, range outward through those ancient realms and backward through the history of her family's women. Getty is concerned to explore the losses and absences of the spirit as rehearsed by the flesh, its old enemy and friend. In doing so she reveals a startling sense of humor, which is another way of saying that she has come to terms with reality. These poems-lively, thoughtful, autonomous-reflect her response to that reality.

Bring Me Her Heart
ISBN: 0974115886

Higganum Hill Books. 2006

“*STAR*Getty, "Sarah. Bring Me Her Heart. May 2006. 108p. Higganum Hill Books, paper, $12.95 (0-9741158-8-6). Too many writers have been trapped by the advice that one should write about what one knows into writing about themselves. That they should instead interpret the old saw to mean that they ought to learn more is the lesson Getty's poetry resoundingly inculcates. Because she knows literary biography, she can write absorbing and thought-provoking dramatic monologues in the personas of the elderly Alice Liddell, who was Lewis Carroll's Alice when a child, and of Henry David Thoreau as the bothersome neighbor of Hawthorne and Emerson. Because she knows classic folk and fairy tales, she can sharply re-imagine Snow White in the title poem and the Frog Prince in "Conservation Frogs." Because she knows Greek religion, she can powerfully bring it to bear on her mother's decline and death and her own accommodation to it in the suite of poems comprising the third section of this book, "Eleusis." Because she knows her own mind, she can put in perspective even her dedication to poetry (see "The Earth Is Saying"). Because she has learned her craft, she makes meter, rhyme, and formal stanzas the vehicles of winning, natural expression. ** – Ray Olson”


Cambridge Poetry Prize in 2002 for ''The Land of Milk and Honey'' Barbara Bradley Prize, New England Poetry Club in 2004 Pulitzer Prize nominee and National Book Award nominee for ''Bring Me Her Heart'' Long Story Short Award in 2006 for ''Out on the Lake''

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