Shipbreaking by Robin Beth Schaer

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In Schaer's voluminous, shipwrecked world, everything is beautiful and no one is safe—it is from this suffering that song is created. This is a gorgeous debut from a smart, incisive young poet.
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Honored as one of BuzzFeed's "16 Best Poetry Books of 2015"
Honored as one of BuzzFeed's "24 Best Literary Debuts of 2015" 

Robin Beth Schaer's debut collection of poetry, Shipbreaking, charts a beautiful and dangerous journey. It is an intimate and interstellar odyssey where seas rise, mastodons roam, aeronauts float overhead, bodies electrify, and a child is born as a ship wrecks in a hurricane. The speaker here is curious and fierce, consulting scientists, philosophers, ancient maps, fossil bones, and lovers in order to survive and understand the strange majesty of living. With empathy and exaltation, the poems collapse the distance between natural disasters and human struggles, interweaving relationships between the upheavals and renewals that both the heart and Earth undergo.

From "Disturbance"

Put a silver coin on your tongue
with a penny underneath
and you can taste the electricity.

We said go slow but were urgent
as elephants, charging down
the power lines. Now the lights 

won't stay on and the trees
are down. Sleep until you're done,
I'm awake, brushing hands along

darkened walls, feeling for the switch.
It must be here somewhere. We are
electric; this is not a metaphor ...
 

About Robin Beth Schaer

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Robin Beth Schaer was raised in New York. She was educated at Colgate University and Columbia University. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Saltonstall Foundation, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She teaches writing in New York City, and worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot full-rigged ship lost in Hurricane Sandy. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, the fiction writer Anthony Tognazzini, and their son, Faro.
 
Published August 20, 2015 by Anhinga Press. 76 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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on Jan 10 2016

In Schaer's voluminous, shipwrecked world, everything is beautiful and no one is safe—it is from this suffering that song is created. This is a gorgeous debut from a smart, incisive young poet.

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