The Grief Committee Minutes

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Saint Julian Press, Inc.
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.24 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author
Sarah Carey is a North Carolina native who grew up in Florida and has spent most of her life there. She attended Duke University and Florida State University, where she received a master's degree in English with a creative writing concentration. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Gulf Coast, Five Points, Rattle, Florida Review, Atlanta Review, and elsewhere. Sarah is the author of two poetry chapbooks, including Accommodations, winner of the 2018 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award, (Concrete Wolf Poetry Series, 2019) and The Heart Contracts, (Finishing Line Press, 2016.) She has worked in journalism and public relations for her entire professional career, including over 30 years as director of communications for the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and has amassed numerous honors and awards for her writing. She lives in Gainesville with her husband and a big black Lab.

Praise for The Grief Committee Minutes

How the past haunts us, even as life goes on. And how the birds-ah, the birds-match us, tapping and feeding and squabbling and, once in a while, showing us how to fly. Sarah Carey flies in this book-her dead mother on her back, the past in all its complications, yes, but fly she does. The poetry, "the wing //my life careens on to its close." A good read. -Alice Friman, On the Overnight Train: New and Selected Poems

Sarah Carey's luminous new poems reckon with our beautiful and broken world with the intimacy and precision of a writer at her peak. Daughter of a dying mother and a threatened Earth, she grafts truths that root her and her readers in shared history, place-and the strength to rise like the pines and swallow-tails on these pages. "Why rebuild?" Carey asks in an electrifying hurricane poem. This collection holds the answers, and all that is dear. -Cynthia Barnett, Rain and The Sound of the Sea

This remarkable debut resides in a liminal space, striding between natural and spiritual realms. Sarah Carey doesn't miss anything, not the blur of a peregrine wing nor the secrets of an ailing father. This book teems with life even as it looks death in the eye, never flinching. A wild, wonderful collection of poems. -Erica Wright, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned

In her stunning debut, Sarah Carey offers a yearning litany of familial love, spirituality, and the inevitable loss and grief that defines the human condition. Carey's tone is often curious, gentle, and accepting. "No one knows the ways / we let each other go," she writes in "The Beach House Offers an Elegy." But in the end, her tight command of language convinces readers that perhaps it is she who controls the world around her rather than the other way around. -Jen Karetnick, Inheritance with a High Error Rate

This thanatological collection thrills with beauty and its passing, with the ways the past is embedded in the present, and with the lives one attempts to rescue through memory. Its buoyant music dazzles and haunts. -Chelsea Dingman, Thaw and I, Divided