How to Abandon Ship

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Four Way Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author
Sasha West's first book, Failure and I Bury the Body, won the National Poetry Series, a Texas Institute of Letters award, and a Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Recent poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Ecotone, Georgia Review, and The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood. Her collaborative multi-media exhibitions with artist Hollis Hammonds have been shown at Texas A & M's Wright Gallery and the Columbus College of Art Design Beeler Gallery, among others. She lives in Austin, TX, where she is an associate professor of creative writing at St. Edward's University.
"In How to Abandon Ship, Sasha West emerges like a modern Cassandra, one who doesn't simply tell us of what is to come, but one who teaches us, 'To bite. To keen. To howl.' West is an oracle whose words pop, hiss, and blaze. This terrific book has left me changed."

--Tomás Q. Morín
"How to Abandon Ship is equal parts prophetic and apocalyptic, and Sasha West doesn't shy away from the exigencies of the world: its floods and fires and earthquakes, its wars and disease and mass graves, its politics and tragedies and technology where 'software reminded us / to have memories.' 'I love: my country: it can break me, ' writes West, and these powerful poems limn the urgency of our present moment, as well as the tenderness and terror of new motherhood when the speaker becomes 'permeable to the world.' How to Abandon Ship is a haunting book of grief and warning, but also one of caregiving and survival. West's poems ultimately offer a blueprint for meeting disaster head-on--with fierce love, acts of service, and the power of imagination."

--Erika Meitner
"The poems in Sasha West's How to Abandon Ship describe the anguish and disorientation of existing on a planet put in jeopardy by our very existence. Here we encounter a poet who has 'spent a life sharpening the blade of [her] / imagination' slicing through the layered voices of greed, complicity, and blind faith that have left us with a world in peril and the painful task of telling our children the truth about it. Embodying the voice of a modern-day Cassandra, West reveals a fundamental truth of our time: how a warning can be a blessing, but only if we're willing to receive it."

--Carrie Fountain