Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

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In Rebecca Foust's splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California's swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges. The sonnets of this new life are jagged, fresh, and formed in only the way a stunningly skilled poet can craft them. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st century of terrorism and autism, divorce and yoga, soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty. Not only is Paradise Drive a magnificent achievement, it's a deep comfort as well. -Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush: Poems and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems

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Rebecca Foust won the 2015 Press 53 Book Award for Paradise Drive. Her other books include God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach 2010), a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens that received the 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award, All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving 2010) that received the 2008 MMM Press Poetry Book Prize, and two chapbooks, Mom's Canoe (Texas Review Press 2009) and Dark Card (Texas Review Press 2008), both winners of the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook prize. Foust earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2010 and is the recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place and The MacDowell Colony. Her poems have appeared widely in journals including The Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Narrative, North American Review, Sewanee Review, and elsewhere, and her prose is in American Book Review, Chautauqua, Poetry Flash, Rumpus, Tikkun Daily and other journals. An essay, "Venn Diagram" won the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize from Malahat Review in 2014. Foust lives and works in the Bay Area as a writer, freelance editor, teacher, and Marin Poetry Center Board member.
Published April 24, 2015 by Press 53. 114 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Women's Voices for Change

Her precise diction nailed her stories to my chest, and then her luscious figurations transported me far from her pages.

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