Bright Raft in the Afterweather: Poems Volume 82

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University of Arizona Press
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5.9 X 8.8 X 0.3 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer Elise Foerster is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts, received her MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Foerster is the recipient of a 2017 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Foerster is the author of one previous book of poems, Leaving Tulsa.


"Jennifer Foerster's Bright Raft in the Afterweather is an enchanting amalgamation of tradition and modernity, nature and humanity, celebration and loss. From its idyllic gleams to its apocalyptic warnings, this collection identifies sacred aspects of nature and human nature well worth preserving. In these senses, this book is a "bright raft" for the "afterweather"--a lifeline before the coming storms."--NewPages

"Foerster's efforts to document a disintegrating world add up to an impressive record of survival."--Publishers Weekly

"An immersion in Bright Raft in the Afterweather means you must abandon the certainties of shore and go with the brilliant, moment-to-moment flow of language, in eddies and currents which yield moments of sharp perception, along with a haunting call to see differently."--Water Stone Review

"When you think of the nightingale, do you think of that poet's bird Keats and the Romantics celebrated for its song? Or the lamentable bird from the violent myth of Philomela and Procne? Is it coincidence that, in nature, the female nightingale is mute and only the male? Hardly. In the Afterweather, the poet is called to fashion a new vessel to carry us forward, giving voice in these poems--and presence--to those who've been overlooked. Jennifer Elise Foerster is such a poet. "Don't sleep yet," she encourages, "I'm rowing toward you."'--Colorado Review

"We are adrift in mythic waters that hold the possibility of rebirth even as they float the remains of human destruction. We could be in San Francisco, within the mythos of a painter's creation, or walking a Greek island with time. Wherever we are in the poems, islands rise up of tremendous linguistic beauty, rendering hope from songs. The book is a bird flown free in the power of the winds."--Joy Harjo

"Pick this book's dark pages--befriend it--and you'll come to know Jennifer Foerster's second collection as a particularly strong chronicle of ontological strain. It's everywhere at once and also singular, very like the world it finds itself in and about. And what it enables its fortunate readers to access is not the satisfaction of so-called closure, but rather the rush and the precariousness of connection, the act, as Wallace Stevens says, 'of finding / What will suffice.'"--Graham Foust

"Here is a language that adjusts to--is touched and changed by--the details and registers of its worlds. I think of the dilating eye, the body interpreting light, and so, scene by scene and sense by sense, becoming. In particular, Jennifer Elise Foerster's precise and gorgeously strange, original diction is a site or result of this unending shifting. This empathic, lucid work flickers with the knowledge that under this word (place) is another word (place), evoking wonder and gratitude. '[W]alk into the greenly singular, singing / the long sight line, ' she writes, and makes me remember that to read poetry is to read more than language; it is to read a body, a place, a world."--Aracelis Girmay

"Merging the poetic with the prophetic, Foerster offers a startling vision of how to navigate this broken world and its resilient beauty."--Rigoberto González