by Donna Johnson

The debut collection of poems by Donna JohnsonSee more details below


The debut collection of poems by Donna Johnson

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Carnegie-Mellon University Press
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Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
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5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

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Jendi Reiter
“Selvage, a precise yet uncommon word, refers to the self-finished edge that keeps fabric from fraying. Like that cloth, the girl-turned-woman we follow through these electrifying poems must weave strong edges for herself to keep from being pulled apart by others’ desires. She flirts dangerously with alternative selves—the prostituted woman, the fierce nun—to understand her body’s potential as it chafes against the proprieties of Southern white girlhood. Selvage sounds like salvage, too, the hardscrabble work of children seeking nourishment and mementos from the wreck of their past. Every poem digs up treasures of insight, words pungent as the air outside the tannery, ineradicable artifacts like the bullet in a slave woman’s unearthed spine—not always comfortable to contemplate, but satisfying as only the truth can be.”

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