Bed of Impatiens: Poems

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Price
$19.95  $18.55
Publisher
Able Muse Press
Publish Date
Pages
144
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.34 inches | 0.49 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781927409657

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About the Author

Katie Hartsock is the author of two poetry collections, Wolf Trees (2023) and Bed of Impatiens (2016), both from Able Muse Press. Her poems appear widely, in journals such as Ecotone, Poetry, Kenyon Review, 32 Poems, the Threepenny Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Pleiades, Dappled Things, the New Criterion, and Beloit Poetry Journal. She is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Oakland University in Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and their young sons.

Reviews

Carrie Shipers's magnificent endeavor aims to control the uncontrollable. In her splendid collection Cause for Concern she gives us her spirited poems-subversively satisfying in our era of cool wordplay. Both her comfort with ambiguity and her sassy candor aid the poet as she writes of a wife who is hoodwinked into a necessary patience-one she both chafes from and rebels against after her husband falls seriously ill. In rhythms that alternate between hope and defeat, the poems track the illness, but also punctuate the couple's changed world with quirky observations and a scrappy spirituality. (Not to mention a canine companion.) Her poet's craft, palpable in every arresting line, makes the subtlest turns of vulnerability with enviable poise.

-Molly Peacock, 2014 Able Muse Book Award judge, author of The Paper Garden


Only a poet of unquestionable bravery and technical acuity could rehearse the quotidian details of a middle class, middle aged existence with such exquisite, irresistible and terrifying honesty.

-Kwame Dawes, author of Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems


If illness is a country inhospitable to guests, then Carrie Shipers's second poetry collection, Cause for Concern, is our guidebook, preparing us for what we will find in the waiting room, by the bedside, in the bathroom, or on the skin when the gauze is lifted. These are naked, open poems. They say things that make us wince, as when we look at an incision still puckered and red. Shipers reminds us that our lives must first be prodded and cauterized, if the injured parts are ever to heal.

-Jehanne Dubrow, author of The Arranged Marriage