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Sorrow Arrow

Emily Kendal Frey

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isbn: 9780985118266
92 pages

Emily Kendal Frey

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Grief Performance (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011); the chapbooks Frances (Poor Claudia, 2010), The New Planet (Mindmade Books, 2010), and  Airport (Blue Hour, 2009); as well as three chapbook collaborations. Frey’s The Grief Performance was selected for the Cleveland State Poetry Center’s 2010 First Book Prize by Rae Armantrout. She also won the Poetry Society of America’s 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award. Sorrow Arrow was awarded the 2015 Oregon Book Award for poetry.

praise for Sorrow Arrow

Wily, witty and weird, often haunting, sometimes heartbreaking, [Frey’s] poems…dive deep, for all their individual brevity.

—Dana Levin, judge of 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award

excerpt from Sorrow Arrow

My relationship to the unknown is in peril
A field of baking elephant shit
Love makes me permeable
The softest hurricane
Tiny computers are breaking into the clouds
Arrows are raining down
In line for breakfast I fuck the ground
I get inside the mail box and bang around
Information equals empathy erosion
The more you know
You want the boy/girl splayed on the runway
The berry in your pocket melts
Hold still to let it bleed down your leg