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Dolefully, A Rampart Stands
By (author): Paige Ackerson-Kiely
9780143132684 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / American / General Feb 05, 2019
$24.00 CAD
Active 5.94 x 8.99 x 0.28 in 96 pages Penguin Books
A collection of haunting, image-rich poems about isolation, captivity, and vanishing.

The poems in Paige Ackerson-Kiely’s third collection are set primarily in the rural northeast of America, and explore rural poverty, entrapment, captivity, violence, and a longing to vanish. Ranging from free verse to a long noir prose poem, they examine who her, or our, “captors” might be. Ackerson-Kiely is interested in characters who are aware of their foibles, and who find ways to turn away from those problems in search of connection and freedom.

STRONG VOICE: Ackerson-Kiely’s work is raw, edgy, sometimes lurid, full of an elemental alertness.

UNIQUE BACKGROUND FOR A POET: While Ackerson-Kiely helps run the MFA at Sarah Lawrence, she has also worked as the assistant director at a homeless shelter, as a Vista and Americacorps volunteer, and as a waitress, dishwasher, and gas station attendant.

Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of two poetry collections, In No One’s Land and My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer. She is a generalist and lives in Peekskill, New York.

Author Residence: Peekskill, New York

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Advance Praise for Dolefully, A Rampart Stands:

“Ackerson-Kiely interrogate[s] the structures of power that determine which narratives, and which storytellers, have the privilege of an unwavering trust…[she] sketches a landscape in which sexism and economic oppression are indelibly linked…[revealing] the ways that power, censorship, and disbelief are internalized, as they live with us in our most solitary moments, and they circumscribe what is possible within our dreaming.” —Kristina Marie Darling, Kenyon Review

Praise for My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer:

“Funny and wild with expertly conceived images…[Ackerson-Kiely’s] poems make the familiar more familiar…and remind us to be absolutely shot through with anxiety and uncertainty and desire.” —Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune

“Dark, full of nature, and full of life, this collection will snarl its way into your soul.”—Flavorwire

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