“Norene Cashen’s poems are sad and beautiful, and they remind me of why I’m sometimes afraid of poetry. She is not afraid to stare into those huge spaces between the eyes or fingers.” – Andrei Codrescu
From a review of The Reverse Is Also True: “These sparsely punctuated poems feel like parable or myth, issuing from the lips of a concerned prophet. Meant to be read slowly, out loud, these somber lyrics wrestle the biggies: Truth, war, history, death, religion.” – Metro Times (Detroit)
Norene’s poems have appeared in Failbetter, Exquisite Corpse, Dispatch Detroit, Adanna, Detroit Stories (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit), The Collagist, Temenos, Markszine, and the anthologies Abandon Automobile (Wayne State University Press) and Uncommon Core (Red Beard Press). Her essays, reviews and articles have appeared in Detroit’s Metro Times, Jacket, Orlando Weekly, Teachers and Writers Magazine, C-Magazine, and the anthology To Light a Fire (Wayne State University Press). Her book of poems, The Reverse Is also True, was published by Doorjamb Press and re-released as part of the Dzanc Books rEprint series.
Hear her perform her poem “Dear Detroit” for Radio Campfire here.
Read her essay “What Color Is in Between?” in the anthology To Light a Fire (Wayne State University Press).