In her first book (a collection of poems), Patricia Hampl establishes the themes and preoccupations that would come to define her work in poetry and prose in the next decades: her Minnesota upbringing, her Czech and Catholic heritage, love and betrayal, loss and, above all, memory.
“ . . . a generous first collection”
“a poetry of accumulated details, strikingly presented”
Virginia Quarterly Review
Woman Before an Aquarium
University of Pittsburgh Press