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About the Author
Sarah Stockton is the author of two chapbooks: Time’s Apprentice (dancing girl press) and Castaway (Glass Lyre Press). Sarah’s work has been nominated many times for the Pushcart Prize and the Orison Anthology, and has appeared in anthologies. Her full-length collection, The Scarecrow of My Former Self (MoonPath Press) was a finalist for the Sally Albiso Award. Sarah is also the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the poetry journal River Mouth Review.
Sarah was diagnosed over two decades ago with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: a post-viral, chronic, debilitating condition which vastly altered and continues to impact her life and the lives of millions of others around the world. Sarah lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, by the Salish Sea.
With vulnerability and gorgeous, lush imagery, Sarah Stockton presents a portrait of a life not defined by illness but circumscribed by it; a hybrid life of hospital visits and encounters with crystal healers, coyotes, iguanas. Stockton's poems of simultaneous rage and grace illuminate the realities of the chronically ill.
-Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of Flare, Corona (BOA Editions) and Field Guide to the End of the World (Moon City Press)
Sarah Stockton's The Scarecrow of My Former Self is a quiet, delicate hymn of the bodymind that both aspires and persists; though the poet confesses she "can't really do much / for... the world," - and yet. This book is a reclamation of visibility not just for Stockton's speaker, but for all who have a chronic illness. These poems create a metaphorical scarecrow, a kind of spiritual scaffold on which to hang some hope. Like a conjurer, Stockton creates a world of desire crafted from "bloodied dancing shoes, a mask // and a sea green bathing suit...."
-Jill Khoury, Editor-in-Chief of Rogue Agent, author of Suites for the Modern Dancer (Sundress Publications)