Until Nothing More Can Break

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In her first, much-awaited book, Until Nothing More Can Break, Kate Fetherston says, "Every story spills out as emergence or / emergency depending / on one's view..." And indeed her poems are lushly ambivalent in their alternation between joy and sorrow, yet utterly down to earth. Their wit, wisdom, and vivid detail are a delight. Among the book's many virtues is its urge toward sheer love that, although questioned and qualified, insists on itself. After a warning not to mistake "gall for honey," the final lines of the book strike a note of restrained delight in a diminished but living thing: "...my tongue / fills with brine and rose, apple / and ash, when I say life's / hard enough let us make of it / what we can.This exile / calls you home."

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Kate Fetherston's poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including North American Review, Hunger Mountain, Nimrod, and Third Coast. Co-editor of Manthology: Poems on the Male Experience and Open Book: Essays from the Postgraduate Writers' Conference, she has received several Pushcart nominations and was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize in 2008 and 2010. A psychotherapist in private practice in Montpelier, Vermont, she holds an MFA from Vermont College.

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I love these poems for the toughness of their beauty, their difficult affirmations, the way they hang on for dear life. --Nancy Eimers

Kate Fetherston envisions a universe both fecund and dangerous....The poet is all wit and pluck, seeking harbor in the dazzle of nature and mystery of human connection. --Clare Rossini

Kate Fetherston's Until Nothing More Can Break is a first book that doesn't feel like one. These poems are redolent of experience hard-won, fully lived, insightfully processed. Fetherston writes movingly of hardship, loss, and pain, but also of pleasure, fun, and happiness. Her sense of humor pops up when the poems need it. So does love, "which is, as I see it," she says, "a bad idea made / beautiful." Intense, eloquent, rich with strong narrative and powerful emotion, these poems are good ideas made beautiful. --Charles Harper Webb

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