When We Almost Drowned

When We Almost Drowned

by Jessica Barksdale


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Novelist Jessica Barksdale's first poetry collection When We Almost Drowned contains award wining poems that grapple with issues of family and love, sisters and parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635348552
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 02/22/2019
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Jessica Barksdale's fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016. A Pushcart Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, and So to Speak. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension and in the online MFA program for Southern New Hampshire University. She holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Table of Contents


Field of Foals 1

At the Zebra Crossing 2

Solstice 3

How To Roast a Pelican 4

Sugar Bowl 5

Blood Sugar 7

Before I Was a Girl 9

How To Save Yourself If You’re Choking 10

It’s Not Just the Cat 12

Dream of Drowning 13

Swim Dad 14

Triggers 15


When We Almost Drowned 19

Crisp 21

Privet 23

Zaftig Means Juicy 24

If You Are Lucky 25

Gertrude 26

The Three Witches 28

Spinning 29

Divorce Stats 30

Morsel 31

So What? 32

Revision 33


Alternate Universe 37

Wondering About Cows 38

Small Blue Basket on Desk 40

But You Put on Your Work Clothes 42

Holding Pattern Over Wisconsin 43

Listen 45

Night Watch 46

Parent-Teacher Conference 48

Bedtime Story 49

The Door is a Jar 51

Julien at Three 54

Rapture 55

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