Join us for an evening with two acclaimed Vermont Writers!
Fetch, Muse, Rebecca Starks's second full-length collection of poetry, is a powerful account of events revolving around adopting, living with, and ultimately giving up a dog. In precisely crafted and moving poems of compassionate care, of sacrifice and inclusion, the accounts are by turns heartwarming and heartrending--how the dog Kismet was integrated into and became an important and beloved member of the family, and, ultimately lost, "memory burning [her] into brilliance." Along the way, understanding deepens of the dog as an individual, of our wilder inclinations, guiding toward a more informed attitude, to warmth given and received. This is a unique collection of longing and introspection, uncovering a closer sense of the life around us, our inner nature, our humanity.
Prepare Her tells the stories of young women at the brink of discovering their own power. The crossroads in their lives are not always the obvious kind--divorce, motherhood, coming of age--but sometimes much more private and dramatic. Kitty discovers that her ex-boyfriend has committed a murder; Renee navigates a friendship with Arla, a Jehovah's Witness; Emi realizes that her boyfriend is fetishizing her mental illness; Petra acts recklessly when faced with a client with a gun; and Rachel must grapple with the reality of raising a daughter in a world that she, herself, is still terrified of.
Rebecca Starks is the author of Fetch, Muse and Time Is Always Now (both by Able Muse Press). Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Valparaiso Review, Ocean State Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Slice, and elsewhere. Past winner of Rattle‘s Neil Postman Award for Metaphor and Poetry Northwest‘s Richard Hugo Prize, she co-founded Mud Season Review and serves on the board of Sundog Poetry Center. She works as a freelance writing consultant and workshop leader and lives with her family and two adopted dogs in the woods of Richmond, Vermont.
Genevieve Plunkett is the author of Prepare Her (Catapult), and In the Lobby of the Dream Hotel (forthcoming, 2023). A winner of an O. Henry Award, her work can also be found in New England Review, Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, Electric Literature, and Literary Hub. She lives in Southern Vermont with her two children.
(Please note, this book cannot be returned.)
Fetch, Muse, Rebecca Starks second full-length collection of poetry, is a powerful account of events revolving around adopting, living with, and ultimately giving up a dog.
A collection of "elegant, original, and moving" stories "with the lyrical brilliance and bite of Sylvia Plath" set in a not-so bucolic Vermont, a land of antique stores, small towns, fading farms, and young women trying to figure out marriage, motherhood, sex and their own power (Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise