Stay Safe

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Sarabande Books
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Originally from Austin, Texas, Emma Hine received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from New York University. She currently serves as the Communications Manager at the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and the Education Content Specialist at the Academy of American Poets. Prior to this, she was the Associate Content & Education Editor at the Academy of American Poets. She is also a co-founder and co-host of Debut Revue, a virtual reading series celebrating debut poetry collections. Hine's poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in: 32 Poems, Arts & Letters, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, the Mississippi Review, the Missouri Review Online, Ninth Letter, The Offing, The Paris Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Radar Poetry, and The Southern Review.
"Simply said: this is the renewable energy we've been waiting for. So attuned are these poems to their introspective nature and terrors of the self, their wild narratives, and linguistic spells, this book begins to feel like its own solar farm: each page, a panel of skyshine and wonderments."
--Major Jackson

"Emma Hine's remarkable debut claims as its title an impossible injunction: stay safe. What does it mean to stay, to remain, to arrest a state of being that is fully immune to danger, which is to say, to living? Hine circles this impossibility in poems of dark lyricism, ones commanding our attention to the body at risk: its hidden danger zones, its collisions and impacts, its relentless hurtle forward. Like the speaker in these poems, we're made to understand we're 'not strong, not / permanent, just holding.' Stay Safe limns personal and collective griefs with searing insight, showing us how mythology and language can transmute fear and loss into something redemptive, something of strange beauty. This is a collection that is startling in its revelations and the latitudes it traverses, and Hine is a tremendous voice reminding us what it is to mark an existence and to endure."
--Jenny Xie

"Emma Hine's debut collection Stay Safe is like a rumble strip alerting her readers to potential dangers ahead, awakening us to the 'quivering systems of energy and grief' we traverse. The coming-of-age poems ripple with ominous sexuality and an awareness of loss ahead. Family history is transformed into near fairytale, and vice versa. 'Expect sometimes to be lonely, ' a mother says in one of many poems charged with both love and loss. Hine's gift for metaphor marks these quiet hallucinations and keeps them free of sentimentality even when they pulse with feeling: 'Waves touch shore in little habitual apologies.' Taken together and singly, these poems become 'a torch into the tunnel-end of risk.'"
--Catherine Barnett