Hope Maxwell Snyder
2008 - Paperback
The Houdini Chronicles, written in three voices, depicts a love affair between Harry Houdini and his muse, who falls in love with him after seeing his picture on the Internet. Their relationship questions traditional roles and explores boundaries with humor and melancholy.
"Entertaining and Clever"
-Sima Rabinowitz, New Pages
"I really wanted to hate Hope Maxwell Snyder’s poem “Napping with Steve Orlen,” because it departs dramatically from the kinds of elements I have thought to seek in a poem. But I could not; the poem made me happy. Try an internal stanza:
Let’s go back to the garden at the Bavarian Inn,
drink vodka, read poems. Let’s take a walk on the towpath
in early fall, slow, while you light cigarettes and smoke.
You taught me to mind the diction in my poems,
choose words to fit my context. I loved you.
I have likewise been victimized by Yeats. "
- Mary Florio, New Pages