In the Current Where Drowning Is Beautiful

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Wesleyan University Press
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6.08 X 8.95 X 0.3 inches | 0.42 pounds

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About the Author

ABIGAIL CHABITNOY (Amherst, MA) is a Koniag descendent and a member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, Alaska. Her first book, How to Dress a Fish, won the Colorado Book Award in the Poetry category and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. She is an assistant professor at UMass Amherst.


"Current is a deeply challenging work, whose layers, when peeled back, reveal the intersection of past and present--how oppression and violence are still just as mythic in their proportions now as they have ever been."--Krysia Wazny McClain, Colorado Review

" this remarkable collection, Chabitnoy shows ways of subverting hegemonic structures in language, text, body, and land--vital, necessary ways that make it possible to find and reclaim voice and life itself."--Lucien Darjeun Meadows, Seneca Review

"This remarkable book undertakes a kind of geological exploration of the hidden-in-plain-sight strata making up the world around us and our lives within it: raspberries against graves against glaciers; disappeared women alongside disappearing rivers; mythic transformations next to anonymous martyrdoms. Connecting it all are stories--the questions they ask and answer, what they reveal or obscure--and water--as source of life and death, body of history and place where history's bodies are buried, manifestation of the cross-currents that swirl through and around us, bellwether of what's to come. Chabitnoy invites us into a dazzling, urgent mode of inquiry in which poems--keen and liminal, epic and intimate, fierce and tender--are the conscious element depositing us wide-awake on the shore of the precarious present we inherit and inhabit where, increasingly, 'the high ground isn't.'"--Lisa Olstein, author of Late Empire

"In the Current Where Drowning is Beautiful will sweep you up and subdue you. Chabitnoy powerfully and lyrically addresses the crisis of violence against Indigenous women, giving voice to those who have been silenced. This is a timeless and important work."--Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate, 2021-2023