Surviving Desire    

           Garden St. Press, CA

Ally Acker's premiere collection of poems was published by Garden St. Press, CA. in 1994

Poet Irene McKinney said of the work:


SURVIVING DESIRE may remind us more of Sappho than of most Contemporaries. These are poems with a preternatural sharpness of detail of the natural world, lit up and honed to a knife's edge by the rapt gaze of the poet, to whom desire is the terrible teacher

 Some Help From the Dead    Red Hen Press, CA

Acker's latest collection was

released by Red Hen Press.

Poet Alicia Ostriker remarked,

This fearless, shameless, generous, magnificent poet who marries herself to wind, birds, breath, to women, to a dead father, to reality and surreal painting--in language sleek as a feather, magic as the moon--Ally who celebrates whatever love she can find, whatever terrible price love exacts, and speaks in the voice of the goddess theyve tried to silence--Ally who assures us now, the time has come/ Time for the new animals/ to be born--and yes, we are those animals, and Ally Acker is a prophetess.

Waiting For the Beloved

Red Hen Press, CA

Ms. Acker's  second collection was published by Red Hen Press, Ca.

The late poet, William Matthews, said :

It may seem a paradox to say that  desire chastens us, but in Ally Acker's poems, where the erotic and the spiritual grow ever closer, it's a fact of life. The impressive nature of Waiting for the Beloved is not so much the poet's ability to cut bone deep -- which she does with penetrating precision -- but how like a sea-change she rises to the surface illuminated. Such rare gifts bring call for rejoicing.


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