Selvageby Donna Johnson
Threaded with the colors and textures of the small-town South, this startling first collection by Donna Johnson opens up a world of unwashed secrets and messy truths, the sometimes unflattering iterations of “self” that emerge as a lifetime unspools. Through voices both imagined and real—“part cottonmouth; the other part, lark”—Johnson peoples this collection with debutantes, bigots, and busybodies, comprising a whole both shameless but often hidden, like selvage itself, “dense as nuclei / a dot for each color of the cloth / visible only if rent.”
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DONNA JOHNSON grew up in Tennessee, but now lives with her family outside of Boston. Her poems and reviews have been published or are forthcoming in Birmingham Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Café Review, Green Mountains Review, Marco Polo, Perihelion, Tulane Review, Two Rivers Review, and others. In 2010 she won Cutbank magazine’s annual poetry contest and was a finalist for the Patricia Dobler Award. She currently works in the educational software publishing field.
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