Beautyberry, the debut collection by Cassie Donish, is available for preorder. Please note that this won’t ship until the end of 2018.
To quote Mary Jo Bang,
This is a book of boundaries, objects, intersections. A book of multiple selves caught in the midst of self-definition. A book of conflagrations (“my hair / yesterday’s / fire caught / in a disaster”). A book inhabited by all the poets who came right up to the edge over which this book falls (“I consider any verge / a haunting”). A book by a daughter of Dickinson but of this moment. This book is not afraid to address abstractions: What is the beloved? What is a body? What is knowledge? This book barrels toward showing us what can’t be told. If I could, I would quote every word of this book. Instead, you should read it. “The words fall out, click against the table.”
Cassie Donish is the author of two forthcoming poetry collections: The Year of the Femme (University of Iowa Press, 2019), selected by Brenda Shaughnessy as winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Beautyberry (Slope Editions, 2018). She also has a nonfiction chapbook forthcoming, On the Mezzanine (2018), selected by Maggie Nelson as winner of the Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition. A poet, prose writer, and educator, her writing has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Best New Poets, Colorado Review, VICE, jubilat,Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review Online, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Co-editor-in-chief of The Spectacle, she earned her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received an Olin Fellowship and served as the Junior Fellow in Poetry. She holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Washington, and she currently teaches classes at the University of Missouri, where she's pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing. She grew up in South Pasadena, California.