Jenifer Browne Lawrence Grayling

ISBN 13: 9780979458286

Grayling

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Grayling is the winner of the 2015 Perugia Press Prize. Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Coast, Grayling moves through the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough country of her upbringing. The poet writes back into her circle a father who was both threat and savior, a sister who died too young, and herself as mother. Fish, plant life, the specific NW coastal landscape, memory, and experience weave together as Grayling straddles the faultline between past and present.

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Jenifer Browne Lawrence's awards include the Orlando Poetry Prize, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Potomac Review Poetry Prize, and a Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant. Her first book is One Hundred Steps from Shore. Jenifer lives in a small seaside community on Puget Sound, where she works as a civil engineering technician and edits Crab Creek Review.

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Musical, magical, skeptical, Jenifer Browne Lawrence travels with her kit bag of poems to Juneau, Ketchikan, Mud Bay, leaving a trail of glimpses: a struggling father, a mysterious mother, lost sisters in tow. Above it all, the vast sky. Below, the glimmering Pacific with its silent schools of fish, and a woman traveling farther into the wilderness of self, with no weapon but this voice. --Dorianne Laux

We have fallen obediently / into the cold, is a line from Jenifer Browne Lawrence's new collection Grayling, in which the speaker watches a coffin being lowered into the ground. And while the line is intellectually and emotionally elegant, evoking much from this short lyric scene, it also provides a telling contrast to the consciousness guiding these poems throughout. Lawrence's voice is pulled tight by oppositions: seeking and restless, but with a formal discipline and precision that shape and contain the poems appealing, subterranean energies. It's a beautiful, thoughtfully-made book, showing this craftswoman at her finest. --Erin Belieu

In Jenifer Browne Lawrence's Grayling, expect to descend slowly into a house on the Alaska coastline, into snows, ices, tide pools, and alcohols of this particular childhood. Expect to take your time with the landscape of aimless pot buoys torn loose by king tides, in a house with the pile of eviscerated bird and fish and crab parts on the counter. This narrator is so deeply infused with her landscape, with salmon and with tidelines, that she is often animal, herself: Say I run / in a four-legged world, / say the sky is closer than ever. Pour yourself a cup of Karo syrup, scotch, and milk, and enjoy your metamorphoses, enjoy your transportations to this landscape this book is gorgeous. --Sarah Vap

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