A Raft of Grief (Autumn House Poetry)

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Winner of the 2012 Autumn House Poetry Prize, Chelsea Rathburn's second collection, A Raft of Grief, travels through literal and emotional landscapes, charting memory and loss, culpability and blame, and the storylines we create from our lives. A Raft of Grief begins in an unhappy marriage, journeying through the loss and reclamation of the self and exploring sexuality, addiction, grief and, ultimately, joy. In settings as varied as Krakow, Paris, St. Lucia, and the recent and distant pasts, Rathburn turns an unsparing eye to the nuances of love, prompting poet Stephen Dunn to write, "I love how she's able to affirm what can happen between two people, while asking if a story-teller sometimes has to 'sacrifice lovers and selves to the narrative arc?' She's willing to, which is one reason why her narratives are so persuasive - her allegiance throughout is to the poem as a whole. She will not let her fine moments overwhelm, as lesser poets often do; her limpid, yet complicated phrasing is always part of the poem's fabric."  

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CHELSEA RATHBURN is the author of two poetry collections, A Raft of Grief and The Shifting Line. Her poems have been published in The Atlantic, Poetry and New England Review, among other journals, while her prose has been published in Creative Nonfiction and Ploughshares. In 2009, she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Young Harris College, and she lives in Young Harris, GA, with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter.

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"While I may have opened the book and this review with an eye for the technical, I left with a strong sense of the human business that makes good poetry, the kind we can feel in our bodies.... There's a critical compassion as well that acknowledges 'the fatal inattentions/ anxieties and tics...our good and bad intentions,' and despite what we lack, gives us a reason to stay afloat." - Shawn Delgado, StorySouth

"Great hungers, little deaths, lost causes, a whole shifting cargo of 'rages, lapses, and aches' - for all the burdens in tow here, Rathburn's resilient craft is a model of buoyant aplomb. A Raft of Grief is a superbly accomplished book from a poet who has truly arrived." - David Barber
 

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