poetry collections...

Money for Sunsets

Elizabeth J. Colen


Poetry $12.00



Money for Sunsets is a Finalist for the Audre Lorde Award!

Elizabeth J. Colen was one of three finalists for the 2010 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Read the Lambda Literary Review of her book.


Praise for Money for Sunsets

"To read the poems of Elizabeth Colen is to walk the streets of a familiar town with a knife hidden against your skin, tucked tight in the waistband of your favorite jeans. Danger haunts these poems, from the 'box of hair on a beach' in the very first line. Yet it is a seductive danger, and one fortified with brillant, lucid images. Cinematic and compassionate, sexy and heartbreaking, this is a debut collection that will thrill you with the sound of your own pulse." -- Mary Biddinger, author of Prairie Fever and Saint Monica


"Here are poems that speak many minds with a single voice. And most striking are those that express the living experience -- more completely than any poems I know -- of the long adolescent years of uncertainty-as-being. Elizabeth Colen's ability to write from, rather than about, those years again and again results in a gift given to the reader, a kindness, even as she explores the at times fraught assumption(s) of sexual identity. As she herself writes, 'Great untapped mercies live within us.'" -- Shane McCrae, author of Mule


Protean like dreams, jittery montages of the quotidian-turned-nightmare, Elizabeth J. Colen's lyrical prose poems in Money for Sunsets shed a steady gaze on our present moment, and X-ray like, expose the arthritic and bent bones of our future. This is a fierce and fearless book that reaches toward us with a sturdy and knowing sense of compassion, bearing ample evidence of the intelligence and artistry that led the poet to her revealing and mindful vision(s)." -- Khaled Mattawa, author Tocqueville and Ismailia Eclipse


Money for Sunsets Receives Favorable Press

Colen's Prose is Praised

Read the review "The Sonic Imperative in the Prose Poem: A Review of Elizabeth Colen's Money for Sunsets" by Metta Sama in her circle ezine.


Money for Sunsets is "Pure Language"

The stories that Colen tells blurs the distinction between poetry and prose. The book "will pull your eyes open" and you will be unable to blink until you have reached the end. Read Jess Bouchard's full review from Flash Fiction.


Money for Sunsets is Worth Reading Twice

Jory M. Mickleson writes "Poetry this complex and urgent is a kind of reward for all the mediocre verse that I read.//Please do yourself a favor and buy a copy of Elizabeth Colen’s Money for Sunsets. Read it." You can read Mickleson's entire Literary Magpie book note here.


Praise for Colen's Debut

Kathryn K. Stevenson writes in Galatea Resurrects #15 that "the poems in Money for Sunsets, like the title of Colen’s debut collection of prose poems, offer a concise and deviceless study in twists, especially the kind that have to do with desire—or bigger, choice." Click here to read the full review.


Verse Daily Features a Poem from Money for Sunsets

2-Step was the poem of the day on October 6, 2010



About the Author

Elizabeth J. Colen lives in the Pacific Northwest. This is her first book.

© Steel Toe Books  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.