Borderline Fortune

Borderline Fortune

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Overview

A collection that explores inherited trauma on an individual and communal level, from a National Poetry Series–winning poet who “refus[es] the mind’s limits” (Carol Muske-Dukes)

Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance—of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular—set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as humans. As species go extinct and glaciers melt, Teresa K. Miller asks what we owe one another and what it means to echo one’s ancestors’ grief and fear. Drawing on her family history, from her great-grandfather’s experience as a schoolteacher on an island in the Bering Strait to her father’s untimely death, as well as her pursuit of regenerative horticulture, Miller seeks through these beautifully crafted poems to awaken from the intergenerational trance and bear witness to our current moment with clarity and attention.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143136811
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Series: Penguin Poets
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,130,188
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

A graduate of Barnard College and the Mills College MFA program, Teresa K. Miller is the author of sped (Sidebrow) and Forever No Lo (Tarpaulin Sky) as well as co-editor of Food First: Selected Writings from 40 Years of Movement Building (Food First Books). Her poems and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, AlterNet, Entropy, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. Originally from Seattle, she tends a mini orchard near Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

I Of the Dead 1

II Our Own Worst Consequence 19

III Disenthrall 41

IV Lay Down Your Rigid Creation 55

Author's Note 71

Acknowledgments 73

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