This Passing Fever

Melanie Faith (Author) Diane Kistner (Editor)


The time: 1918. The U.S. is both prosperous and at war. An influenza epidemic, often known by the misnomer Spanish Flu or La Grippe, is spreading throughout the world. The 1918 flu is different in that it tends to strike down otherwise-healthy adults in their prime, ages 18-40, compared to later outbreaks that target children and the elderly. The poems in This Passing Fever explore how everyday people within small-town America meet sweeping, unexpected illness with hope, fear, charity, and grief. Incorporating details both fictional and fact, including a historically-accurate jump-rope rhyme within the first poem in this collection, "Rope," protagonists such as Alma Donovan-Smith depict the fears, joys, and trials of familial, personal, and community life during a time of crisis. Much like Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, these poems will encourage those interested in the history of the time period and the potential of character development within poetry.

Product Details

Futurecycle Press
Publish Date
September 03, 2017
5.98 X 0.16 X 9.02 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author

Melanie Faith likes artistic variety and wears more than a few hats: poet, writer of fiction and nonfiction, educator, photographer, editor, and craft-article journalist about the writing process. She is an English professor, a tutor at a college-preparatory school, and a freelance writing consultant. Her photography has been published in a dozen literary magazines and was a winner of the Brain Mill Press Driftless Unsolicited Cover Art Contest in 2017. Her poetry has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, and her flash fiction placed in the Bevel Summer Prize for Short Short Stories and was subsequently published in Shenandoah. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in poetry from Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., training which influences her interests in the resonance and compression of imagery.