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Finishing Line Press announces the publication of Marianne Worthington's chapbook of poems


Worthington is a communication arts associate professor at University of the Cumberlands.

“From ‘Haunting,’ its surreal opening poem, to ‘Abandon,’ its wildly laughing finish, Marianne Worthington’s new collection of poems moves through the reader with the icy tingle of a ghost passing,” writes Kentucky poet Leatha Kendrick. In poems that inhabit dream hallways, trees, redbirds, and the stricken body of the poet’s father from boyhood into old age, the poet has crafted a series of family poems with themes that resonate for all readers.

Award-winning poet Jeff Daniel Marion says the poems in Larger Bodies Than Mine “are incantations, spells chanted with the hope of striking a balance in a world of struggle and suffering. In the face of brokenness and shattered remnants of lives, the poems themselves redeem loss and long for wholeness. Here is a strong and steady voice worthy of our hearing.”

Worthington, a Williamsburg, Kentucky resident, has published poetry and nonfiction in Shenandoah, The Louisville Review, Wind, Natural Bridge, Kalliope, Birmingham Arts Journal, Arts Across Kentucky, Louisville Magazine, Journal of Kentucky Studies, and elsewhere, including the anthologies A Kentucky Christmas and Knoxville Bound. She is the Reviews Editor for Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine.

The cover art for Worthington’s new book features a print of the oil painting titled “Ebb” by Williamsburg artist Russell Weedman.

Finishing Line Press is a poetry publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky. In addition to the Chapbook Series, it publishes the New Women’s Voices Series and sponsors the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition.

Publication Date: July 14, 2006

To order online, go to The list price of $12 includes shipping and handling through June 21. After that date, please add $2 shipping for each book.