Friday, May 29, 2015

#Fridayreads: Happy Release Day to @beloveddust! #amreading #poetry

Look at this beauty!

Congratulations to Stephanie Bryant Anderson for the release of her debut poetry collection, Monoxygotic/Codependent. 

What the critics are saying:
In Monozygotic | Codependent, Stephanie Bryant Anderson’s poems are concerned with splitting the self and uncovering the woman beneath the familial myths. Yet the essential paradox for Bryant Anderson: when the self has a twin—a ‘shadow,’ a ‘dark-haired mirror girl’—what then of the split? These poems ache; in the style of Southern gothic, these poems are ‘filled [with] piano ribs, a slow blues loaded with heavy bees and suicide ghosts.’ Bryant Anderson’s are poems of survival, built in fragile and beautiful shell casings, stanzas deceptively elegant and delicate, for what pinions each graceful couplet is a fierceness of spirit, a deep-seated desire for life, always life, even in the midst of pain and memory, ‘shaped as an open field plagued by black irises.’ I am broken and remade by these poems. 

—Jennifer Givhan, 2015 Winner National Endowment for the Arts fellowship 

From the collection:

"The Hanging Field"

Though we never stopped, we stared
from the backseat of our car—
our flat-bottom boat—at the body darting
from the end of a rope. I remember the road,
its lines, yellow and broken, the crowd
and a cloud shaped like a hare.
Now the field comes back into view:
I’ve dreamt a horse into the field, or the horse
in my dream came to save me—not
some knight—but the horse,
and I climbed onto his back to keep from
suffocating. But it was more than that—
I was trying to suffocate myself & this crazy
beautiful horse came running into the field
and his wild body kept me from hanging.
In the sky the scent of tobacco paraded,
and the magpies flew their black kites.

You can snag your copy here. (Already got mine, we can discuss soon!)

She is the founder of Red Paint Hill Publishing. She has worked also as editor with
 Up the Staircase Quarterly, Inkception Books, and she served on the Editorial Board for The Manatee, Southern New Hampshire University’s literary journal. Nominated for Best of the Net, storySouth Million Writers Award, and twice for the Pushcart Prize, Stephanie is the mother to two amazing boys. Besides poetry she enjoys kickboxing and math.

You can find her on Twitter, Facebook or her website.

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