Library of Small Catastrophes

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Pub Date: 04/23/2019

Pages: 96

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Imprint: Copper Canyon Press

ISBN 13: 9781556595394

ISBN 10: 1556595395

Price: $16.00

Library of Small Catastrophes

By Alison Rollins

Price: $16.00

Format:

Paperback

About the Book

Library of Small Catastrophes, Alison Rollins’ ambitious debut collection, interrogates the body and nation as storehouses of countless tragedies. Drawing from Jorge Luis Borges’ fascination with the library, Rollins uses the concept of the archive to offer a lyric history of the ways in which we process loss. “Memory is about the future, not the past,” she writes, and rather than shying away from the anger, anxiety, and mourning of her narrators, Rollins’ poetry seeks to challenge the status quo, engaging in a diverse, boundary-defying dialogue with an ever-present reminder of the ways race, sexuality, spirituality, violence, and American culture collide.

About the Book

Alison Rollins, a librarian by trade, disrupts the canon by re-cataloging language, culture, and history in her debut collection.

Author

Alison C. Rollins, a Cave Canem fellow, is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.