Advance Praise for Bubble Opera

Bubble Opera cover
The inventor of the graham cracker, a heliotropic vagina, Rosalie Butterbox and her mystery-lover all populate the stage of Bubble Opera—but the music in the lines, their sly rhymes, their vibrating syllables, and the poet’s refusal to indulge (in the face of great loss and disaster) in one moment of self-pity: that’s what steals the show. It’s a rare thing to find such good humor in poems as smart and hard-won as these. Brava, Janie Fink!
Kathy Fagan

Janie Fink’s is a world closely observed, a world well lived in. Her poetry sparks with the details of the everyday, of the mundane, of the extraordinary sense of being alive.
Daniel Halpern

Auden said somewhere the pleasure is the least unreliable measure of the quality of a book, and this book gave me enormous pleasure, from the broadly expansive poems to the explosive squibs.
Edward Mendelson

These poems are a lovely reminder that it’s possible to be serious without being solemn!
Bill McKibben


Rochester, Vermont
Sunday, July 18, 5:30 PM
BigTown Gallery
99 North Main

New York, New York
Thursday, May 6, 7 PM
A Tribute to Daniel Halpern
John Ashbery, Russell Banks, Anthony Bourdain, Janie Fink, Richard Ford, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Campbell McGrath, Joyce Carol Oates, Daniel Halpern & other special guests
Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center, NYU
10th Floor
60 Washington Square South
Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Ecco, and the Creative Writing Program at New York University