On the Loose
A Collection of Poetry
Copyright © 2016 by Judith Askew
All rights reserved
Edited by Angela Howes
Interior Design and Composition by Angela Howes
Cover Art by Rebecca Strohm
Paperback: 70 pages
Publisher: Bass River Press, Cultural Center of Cape Cod (April 7, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.7 ounces
An imprint of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Bass River Press was created to support literary artists from the Cape & Islands. Award-winning poet Tony Hoagland judged the press’s first poetry competition and selected Judith Askew’s collection from a very impressive field of submissions.
This publication was made possible by the South Yarmouth Library Association and a grant from the Mid-Cape Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Acclaimed poet Tony Hoagland, author of Donkey Gospel and What Narcissism Means to Me, selected On the Loose by Judith Askew from a field of collections under consideration for publication by the new Bass River Press. In notes that accompanied his decision, Hoagland wrote:
“On the Loose is a collection of poems full of distinctive wit and nine kinds of liveliness– intellectual, emotional, sexual, plaintive, and otherwise. The poet consistently finds quick and original speech for the particularities of our human condition, and she is full of witty self-perspective as well. On the Loose covers all the rites of passage, including loss and sorrow, but a tone of genuine amusement and the resourceful idiom to make it believable are its reliable poetic allies. Full of pleasure and sensibility, this is a book that will make its readers happy.”
About the Author
Judith Askew has been writing poetry for over four decades. She has worked as an editor and writer in several corporate settings and was founder and publisher of a women’s health newsletter. Her writing career began during her college years at The Barnstable Patriot, where she wrote a column and articles during her summer break. Askew also co-edited Out of the Cellar, an anthology of women’s poems (D’Aurora Press), in the early 1970s. Her first collection of poetry, Here at the Edge of the Sea, was published by Artship Publishing in 2009. Before focusing on her own poetry, Askew taught developmental writing for eight years as an adjunct professor at Cape Cod Community College. She lives in Cotuit, MA.