the One Bird
These are powerful, courageous poems that are needed in the world—they give voice to the voiceless and they make space for the vulnerable, ultimately showing us the strength to make it through. Slaughter the One Bird is a remarkable collection that reminded me of the incredible power of women poets and well-written poems.
Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising Tides
Shelters in Place
Through the lens of collective tragedy and the lived experience of a woman alone, these neo-confessional poems balance the ache of imagining families “sobbing” in hospital parking lots with the personal loss of long isolation, the fresh finality of divorce, and even the tedious need to clean the shower.
-Lisa Fay Coutley, tether
In a poetry that is as compassionate as it is beautiful, Priest shows us how even attempting to name a trauma is a nonlinear effort, a heart’s ongoing work.
-Chen Chen, author of When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Future Possibilities
Hold tight, this collection will take you on a journey, as it leans into the underbelly of “where the smoke becomes insightful.”
Kelly Grace Thomas, author of Boat Burned
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