Out of Eden
Frankie Paino was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1960. She holds a B.A. in English from Baldwin-Wallace College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Vermont College. Her first book of poetry,The Rapture of Matter, was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 1991. Her work has appeared in many magazines and journals including The American Voice, Antioch Review,Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and Quarterly West. She has won a number of awards including the Missouri Review’s Tom McAfee Discovery Feature, a Pushcart Prize, and the 1992 Cleveland Arts Prize for poetry.
“Seductive, edgy, gothic and sublime, these poems haunt the body as much as the soul. Paino’s Out of Eden quickens with the articulation of votive flames. The shadows they cast become, in her skilled hands, earthly pietas of a new transfiguring gospel which declares, ‘We / will never turn back toward any paradise where there is no fire and we have nothing, nothing to lose.’ Paino makes us feel how marvelously everything’s at stake in a world where our desire to know is both tragic and redemptive.”–Beckian Fritz Goldberg
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Paino, Frankie, "Out of Eden" (1998). CSU Poetry Center Books. 121.