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About the Author
Robin Rosen Chang’s poems have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, Diode, North American Review, Cream City Review, The Cortland Review, Vinyl Poetry and Prose, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. An earlier version of this collection was named a finalist for Warren Wilson’s 2018 Levis Alumni Award for a manuscript in progress. A native of Philadelphia, Robin has lived in different parts of the U.S. and overseas. She lives in New Jersey where she is an adjunct professor of English as a second language at Kean University. The Curator’s Notes is her debut full-length collection.
There's Eve. And the afterthought, Adam. And the Snake. Lost mothers and found mothers, all the same mother. There's love = husband, children = treasure. There's blood and tongue and orbits around the moon. There's a visit from the dead, a tiny bird in hand, water "from the outdoor spigot, freezing water needling / our skin." Which is to say, this surprising marvel of a book curates everything! The world under Robin Rosen Chang's good eye charms and sobers. But back to Eve: "...bite the apple," says this poet, "and she did."
The Curator's Notes is a book of confidences and great emotional lucidity. Hiding or waffling is not permitted. It reads like a gift, poem by poem, and in the rich, tonal revelation of the whole. Robin Rosen Chang has the lyrical felicity to harmonize pain and beauty, myth and domesticity, and everything she touches is subject to both her affinity for the natural world and her love for art and craft. Her accomplishment in this fine first book is to reach deeply into the tragic and bring out poems of real discovery.