The poems in this book send intense probes
into the depth of emotion, and at the same time play out an elliptical
music of perceptions. Kalendek combines abstractions with a solid groundedness
in the body and seems to compress untold tales into lines of energy.
Julie Kalendek was born in Baltimore. She holds an MFA in Creative
Writing from Brown University and is production manager for a nursery
in northern Maryland that specializes in ornamental grasses, ferns and
She has published a chapbook, The Fundamental Difference (Burning Deck, 1991),
and a superb translation of the book-length poem, A Lesson in Music, by the
French avantgarde poet Jean Daive (Burning Deck: Série d’Ecriture,
1992). Her poems have appeared in magazines like o.blek, Avec, Chain, and lingo.
Our Fortunes is her first full book.