the true keeps calm biding its story by Rusty Morrison
(Sawtooth Poetry Prize Series 2007)

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Winner of the James Laughlin Award, 2008. In the aftermath of her father's death, the speaker of Rusty Morrison's exquisitely formed poems takes a step-by-step accounting of her transformation as she reconciles herself to loss. This book-length sequence is the silvery underside of elegy, a lyric of living acceptance paced with "the linen texture of right silences."

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Rusty Morrison is the author of multiple collections of poetry. THE TRUE KEEPS CALM BIDING ITS STORY (Ahsahta Press, 2008) was awarded the Poetry Society of America's DiCastagnola Award (chosen by Susan Howe), the Sawtooth Poetry Prize (chosen by Peter Gizzi) and was then selected by Rae Armantrout, Claudia Rankine, and Bruce Smith for the Academy of American Poet's James Laughlin Award. Her previous book WHETHERING (Center for Literary Publishing, 2004) won the Colorado Prize for Poetry, selected by Forrest Gander. Most recently, she is the author of BOOK OF THE GIVEN (Noemi Press, 2011) and AFTER URGENCY (Tupelo Press, 2012). She lives in Richmond, California, and is Omnidawn's co-publisher.
Published January 1, 2008 by Small Press Distribution. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the nine groups of six poems, all titled “please advise stop,” that form Morrison’s remarkable Sawtooth Poetry Prize–winning second volume, the now-archaic yet ever-mechanical language of the telegram is used to plumb the vicissitudes of grief and grapple with the death of the speaker’s father.

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Ahsahta Press, $17.50 (paper) Rebecca Porte Each line of every poem in Rusty Morrison’s The True Keeps Calm Biding Its Story, a book-length meditation on her father’s death, ends in the words “please,” “stop,” or “please advise.” Readers can choose to treat these telegraphic line endings as pa...

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